Archive for September, 2008

Citrix joins Symbol Server Club!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Today Citrix officially joined the club of public symbol server companies! Please refer to the following article for details:

How to Use the Citrix Symbol Server to Obtain Debug Symbols

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Bugtation No.35

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Crash dump analysis “does not consist merely in” peeking” the memory and enlightening the understanding. Its main business should be to direct the” Customer.

Joseph Joubert, Pensées

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DebugWare Book: Table of Contents

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Here you can find the draft TOC for the forthcoming book “DebugWare: The Art and Craft of Writing Troubleshooting and Debugging Tools”:

Table of Contents

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Bugtation No.34

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

“An excellent precept for” programmers: “have a clear idea of all the” functions “and expressions you need, and you will find them.”

Ximénès Doudan, Pensées et fragments suivis des révolutions du goût

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Bugtation No.33

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

“The art of not” coding “is extremely important. It consists in our not taking up whatever happens to be occupying the” management “public at the time.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena: On Reading and Books

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Dumps, Bugs and Debugging Forensics

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Finally Dr. Debugalov adventures are going to be imprinted with bugs inside. This full-color book features never published before cartoons and a few surprises. It sets a new standard for entertainment in software engineering.

  • Title: Dumps, Bugs and Debugging Forensics: The Adventures of Dr. Debugalov
  • Author: Narasimha Vedala
  • Editor: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: Opentask (1 December 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-25-4
  • Paperback: 64 pages

The cover was designed by Narasimha Vedala.

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Bugtation No.32

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

“A” code “never — well, hardly ever — shakes off its” legacy “and its formation. In spite of all changes in and extensions of and additions to its” base “, and indeed rather pervading and governing these, there will still persist the old” code.

John Langshaw Austin, Philosophical Papers: A Plea For Excuses

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Bugtation No.31

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Opcodes “- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a” manual “, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Notebooks

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Bugtation No.30

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

APIs “govern the world.”

John Selden, Table Talk

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Bugs Burning the Barn

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

New cartoon from Narasimha Vedala (click on it to enlarge):

Revolution and carnage imminent at Dr. Debugalov’s bug farm…

DBG_BugsBurningTheBarn from Narasimha Vedala (click to enlarge)

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Windows Debugging Notebook Cover

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Here is the draft front cover for the forthcoming Windows Debugging Notebook:

It is based on Debugging Book Stack concept.

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Debugging Book Stack

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Instead of providing the list of recommended books on debugging topics here is the picture that shows most of them that I own:

Hope you recognize books that you own and/or read too. Some of them were reviewed by me already:

Advanced Windows Debugging

Debugging by Thinking: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Microsoft Windows Internals: Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000

Why Programs Fail: A Guide to Systematic Debugging

and more reviews will come soon.

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Reflecting on 2008 (Part 3)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

In June I reported passing 15,000 visits / month mark and today from Google Analytics I see the passing of 20,000 visits / month mark:


At the time of this writing Google Analytics reports the higher number of visits than StatPress Wordpress plugin (14,653 visits / month) but this is probably due to the fact that Analytics counts visits for Russian version, portal and forum too. At the same time StatPress shows more page views for English blog alone than Analytics and the overall projected page views number is close to 1,000,000 / year (not including feeds):

One thing is certain is that the number of visitors has doubled since the beginning of this year. 

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Translated CDA Patterns (Korean)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

CDA Patterns translated by Heejune Kim also appear on the new MSDN blog called !analyze -v (Korean version).

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Bugtation No.29

Friday, September 19th, 2008

“There are many rare” crashes “in the World, which Fortune never brings to Light” again.

Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs

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Hooked Modules (Crash Dump Analysis Patterns, Part 38c)

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Previously I introduced Hooked Functions pattern where I used !chkimg WinDbg command and today after accidentally discovering yet another patched DLL module in one process I created this simple command to check all modules:

!for_each_module !chkimg -lo 50 -d !${@#ModuleName} -v

0:000:x86> !for_each_module !chkimg -lo 50 -d !${@#ModuleName} -v
Scanning section:    .text
Size: 74627
Range to scan: 71c01000-71c13383
71c02430-71c02434  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSASend
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 cb db 1c 0d ]
71c0279b-71c0279f  5 bytes - WS2_32!select (+0x36b)
[ 6a 14 68 58 28:e9 60 d8 15 0d ]
71c0290e-71c02912  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSASendTo (+0x173)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 ed d6 1b 0d ]
71c02cb2-71c02cb6  5 bytes - WS2_32!closesocket (+0x3a4)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 49 d3 19 0d ]
71c02e12-71c02e16  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAIoctl (+0x160)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 e9 d1 1e 0d ]
71c02ec2-71c02ec6  5 bytes - WS2_32!send (+0xb0)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 39 d1 14 0d ]
71c02f7f-71c02f83  5 bytes - WS2_32!recv (+0xbd)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 7c d0 17 0d ]
71c03c04-71c03c08  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAGetOverlappedResult (+0xc85)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 f7 c3 1f 0d ]
71c03c75-71c03c79  5 bytes - WS2_32!recvfrom (+0x71)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 86 c3 16 0d ]
71c03d14-71c03d18  5 bytes - WS2_32!sendto (+0x9f)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 e7 c2 13 0d ]
71c03da8-71c03dac  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSACleanup (+0x94)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 53 c2 25 0d ]
71c03f38-71c03f3c  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSASocketW (+0x190)
[ 6a 20 68 08 40:e9 c3 c0 11 0d ]
71c0446a-71c0446e  5 bytes - WS2_32!connect (+0x532)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 91 bb 18 0d ]
71c04f3b-71c04f3f  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAStartup (+0xad1)
[ 6a 14 68 60 50:e9 c0 b0 29 0d ]
71c06162-71c06166  5 bytes - WS2_32!shutdown (+0x1227)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 99 9e 12 0d ]
71c069e9-71c069ed  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSALookupServiceBeginW (+0x887)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 12 96 0f 0d ]
71c06c91-71c06c95  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSALookupServiceNextW (+0x2a8)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 6a 93 10 0d ]
71c06ecd-71c06ed1  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSALookupServiceEnd (+0x23c)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 2e 91 0e 0d ]
71c090be-71c090c2  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAEventSelect (+0x21f1)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 3d 6f 20 0d ]
71c09129-71c0912d  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSACreateEvent (+0x6b)
[ 33 c0 50 50 6a:e9 d2 6e 22 0d ]
71c0938e-71c09392  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSACloseEvent (+0x265)
[ 6a 0c 68 c8 93:e9 6d 6c 24 0d ]
71c093d9-71c093dd  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAWaitForMultipleEvents (+0x4b)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 22 6c 1a 0d ]
71c093ea-71c093ee  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAEnumNetworkEvents (+0x11)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 11 6c 21 0d ]
71c09480-71c09484  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSARecv (+0x96)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 7b 6b 1d 0d ]
71c0eecb-71c0eecf  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSACancelAsyncRequest (+0x5a4b)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 30 11 26 0d ]
71c10d39-71c10d3d  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAAsyncSelect (+0x1e6e)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 c2 f2 26 0d ]
71c10ee3-71c10ee7  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAConnect (+0x1aa)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 18 f1 22 0d ]
71c10f9f-71c10fa3  5 bytes - WS2_32!WSAAccept (+0xbc)
[ 8b ff 55 8b ec:e9 5c f0 27 0d ]
Total bytes compared: 74627(100%)
Number of errors: 140
140 errors : !WS2_32 (71c02430-71c10fa3)

CMDTREE.TXT was also updated with this command.

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Bugtation No.28

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

“Some” processes “are very busy, and yet do nothing.”

Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs

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CMDTREE.TXT for CDA Checklist

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Thanks to Roberto Farah who blogged about .cmdtree command I was able to create the first version of cmdtree.txt for Crash Dump Analysis Checklist to include common commands that I use. It can be found here:

CMDTREE.TXT for .cmdtree WinDbg command

The link to the file was also added to:

Here is the screenshot of it:

It is useful for complex commands including command sequences and scripts. You can also include special guidelines and reminders as well. In the latter cases you can specify empty command or output something you prefer with .echo, for example command templates to fill manually.

This seems to be similar to EasyDbg

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Bugtation No.27

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

“But perhaps the” OS “is suspended on the” finger “of some” developer.

Anton Chekhov, Notebook

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Bugtation No.26

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

“Think before you” debug!

Pythagoras, Teachings

This bugtation is also illustrated graphically here:

Bugtations: a semiotic approach

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