Archive for June 5th, 2008

PFD lectures are available in PDF format

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Due to the request from blog readers I made my old Practical Foundations of Debugging lectures available in PDF format:

  1. Memory, registers and simple arithmetic
  2. Number representations and pointers
  3. Bytes, words, double words and pointers to memory
  4. Instruction pointer and disassembling a program with pointers
  5. Memory and stacks
  6. Frame pointer and local variables (Part 1)
  7. Frame pointer and local variables (Part 2)
  8. Function parameters
  9. Function pointer parameters (Part 1)
  10. Function pointer parameters (Part 2)
  11. Virtual Memory, Processes and Threads (Part 1)
  12. Virtual Memory, Processes and Threads (Part 2)
  13. Arrays and structures in memory (Part 1)
  14. Arrays and structures in memory (Part 2)

x64 version:

  1. Memory, registers and simple arithmetic
  2. Number representations and pointers

I keep both versions (HTMP and PDF) on the following pages where updates or corrections will be posted in the future:

Practical Foundations of Debugging (x86)
Practical Foundations of Debugging (x64)

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Software Debugging book from China

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Just discovered that China has its own 1000 page Windows debugging book:

ISBN: 9787121064074 (June, 2008)

Author is Zhang Yinkui (Raymond Zhang).

Google translation is quite impressive:

Automatically translated

Automatically translated Table of Contents

Original

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

What is the difference between AMD and Intel?

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

A. Both have online versions of processor manuals. But Intel also ships them in paper format for free (the paper is worse in the latest revision than 2 years ago but books are a bit lighter now):

Information on how to order them can be found here:

http://www.intel.com/products/processor/manuals/index.htm

AMD docs can be downloaded from here:

http://developer.amd.com/documentation/guides/Pages/default.aspx

Comparing both online manuals I see sometimes that certain concepts are explained better in AMD docs and vice versa, so it is recommended to check both. It is also evident that AMD and Intel had to rephrase instruction descriptions differently when they talk about the same things, for example, BOUND instruction:

AMD:  Check Array Bound
Intel:  Check Array Index Against Bounds

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -