Archive for March, 2009

!cs vs. !ntsdexts.locks

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The latest WinDbg 6.11.0001.404 has broken !ntsdexts.locks command (simply !locks in user dumps). I noticed that some time ago and switched to !cs command which works in user and complete memory dumps. I now like it more than !locks because the following command parameters give stack traces for critical section owners:

!cs -l -o -s

The following recent cases studies use !cs command:

Blocked threads, message box and self-diagnosis

Manual dump, wait chain, blocked thread, dynamic memory corruption and historical information: pattern cooperation

Coupled processes, wait chains, message box, waiting thread time, paged out data, incorrect stack trace, hidden exception, unknown component and execution residue: pattern cooperation

Easy to remember mnemonic is cslos: critical sections locked with stacks

This command is also featured on the back cover of March Debugged! magazine issue.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Forthcoming Hardcover version of WDPF book

Monday, March 30th, 2009

The paperback version of the book Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations has been temporarily out of print since the last week but this should be resolved very soon in a few days. OpenTask also submitted to print a hardcover version (ISBN: 978-1906717674) and it should be available for sale by the end of this week.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org

March issue of Debugged! MZ/PE is available!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Finally it has been published and available for orders from Amazon and other bookstores:

http://www.dumpanalysis.org/Debugged+Magazine

I had to increase the number of pages for the first issue from 16, planned originally, to 28 and this is reflected in the retail price of $10 (originally planned $8) but bookstores should sell it with a discount between 0% and 55%.

More information about the next issue should be ready by the end of the next week.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org

MAD Institute has been registered in Ireland

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Previously announced Memory Analysis and Debugging Institute was registered in the Republic of Ireland (No. 382026) last week.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org

MDAA Volumes to be translated in Korean

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I’m very proud to announce that my first 2 volumes of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology are to be translated and published in the Republic of Korea this year:

http://www.opentask.com/korean-rights-mdaa-v1-v2

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

3 Year Domain Anniversary

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

While fighting the flu last week I forgot that on 26th of March, 2006 I registered this domain. My excitement was so great that I couldn’t sleep the following night. I originally thought of domain names like crashdumpanalysis or memorydumpanalysis but was convinced by one of my colleagues that the shorter dumpanalysis is better.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Music for Debugging: Horrors of Computation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

I was a big fan of Kitaro music for many years during 90s. Today I started re-listening to some of his albums and recommend

Heaven & Earth: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Buy from Amazon

to listen to when analyzing complete memory dumps from complex issues, looking at user (Earth) and kernel (Heaven) spaces and trying to figure out which module started the conflict.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Notes on Memoidealism (1.1)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In this part we start our discussion of Urstoff (Ger.), the primitive, primordial and basic element of everything and relation of memoidealism to Ionian school. In memoidealism, Memory serves the role of Urstoff as permanent primary element behind the process of state transition changes (technically speaking). In contrast, Ionians considered Urstoff to be of a material nature, for example, air (Anaximenes), fire (Heraclitus) or water (Thales). This abstraction (abstract materialism) of material elements parallels memory abstraction in memoidealism. Another parallel is the unity of science and philosophy.

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Exploitable Crash Analyzer WinDbg Extension

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Just recently got news about a Microsoft security WinDbg extension released as open source:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/msec/default.mspx

http://www.codeplex.com/msecdbg 

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Memory Dump Analysis Walks

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

One day, last week, Dmitry was walking in Malahide Woods and thinking through his dangerous ideas about universal memory dumps and how to reconcile man-made PDB files with empirically discovered science files. Upon finding a problem resolution, Dmitry sat firmly on the ground and remained there happily for some time.

Click to enlarge 

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Unique Events and Historical Narratives

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Sometimes a problem like a crash or a hang never happens again, the so called a unique computational event, like the extinction of dinosaurs if we apply biological metaphors. Biology science copes with such events via constructing historical narratives and multiple probabilistic explanations with cross data examinations. The same is true for memory dump analysis where we construct possible explanations based on evidence and collected supporting data. Like Ernst Mayr pointed, we try to answer both questions: “How?” and “Why?”. Usually the answer to the first question is very simple and straightforward, like NULL pointer access (proximate, functional causation) and the answer to the second question is provided by testing various possible historical narratives (ultimate or evolutionary causation) possibly involving an animate agent (a human user of a system).

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Advanced Local Procedure Call WinDbg extension

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In Windows Vista and Server 2008 LPC is implemented using undocumented Advanced Local Procedure Calls (ALPC) and the new formatting of the !process 0 ff output shows the owner of the port: 

THREAD fffffa801afae6f0  Cid 033c.3c40  Teb: 000007fffffa0000 Win32Thread: 0000000000000000 WAIT: (WrLpcReply) UserMode Non-Alertable
    fffffa801afaea80  Semaphore Limit 0x1
Waiting for reply to ALPC Message fffff8800f4cc950 : queued at port fffffa8017dbb060 : owned by process fffffa801807b8f0

Instead of !lpc we should use !alpc extension command: 

0: kd> !lpc message fffff8800f4cc950
LPC is now emulated over ALPC. Use !alpc
Arguments:

   /?                   - Print help
   /P [/V] PortAddress  - Dump the ALPC port information
   /M [/V] MsgAddress   - Searches the message and dumps the message information
   /R [/V] ResAddress   - Dumps the information regarding resources
   /G [/V]              - Dumps the global information

0: kd> !alpc /M fffff8800f4cc950

Message @ fffff8800f4cc950
  MessageID             : 0x0BFC (3068)
  CallbackID            : 0x1FEF27 (2092839)
  SequenceNumber        : 0x0004D4D4 (316628)
  Type                  : LPC_REQUEST
  DataLength            : 0x0068 (104)
  TotalLength           : 0x0090 (144)
  Canceled              : No
  Release               : No
  ReplyWaitReply        : No
  Continuation          : Yes
  OwnerPort             : fffffa8018a95e60 [ALPC_CLIENT_COMMUNICATION_PORT]
  WaitingThread         : fffffa801afae6f0
  QueueType             : ALPC_MSGQUEUE_PENDING
  QueuePort             : fffffa8017dbb060 [ALPC_CONNECTION_PORT]
  QueuePortOwnerProcess : fffffa801807b8f0 (svchost.exe)
  ServerThread          : fffffa801aeec060
  QuotaCharged          : No
  CancelQueuePort       : 0000000000000000
  CancelSequencePort    : 0000000000000000
  CancelSequenceNumber  : 0×00000000 (0)
  ClientContext         : 00000000025599e0
  ServerContext         : 0000000000000000
  PortContext           : 000000000030d640
  CancelPortContext     : 0000000000000000
  SecurityData          : 0000000000000000
  View                  : 0000000000000000

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Variable Kernel Stack in Vista and W2K8

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Looking at one kernel memory dump from x64 Windows Server 2008 I noticed this API call (shown in blue):

0: kd> kL 100
Child-SP          RetAddr           Call Site
fffffa60`138f4720 fffff800`01875f8a nt!KiSwapContext+0x7f
fffffa60`138f4860 fffff800`0187776a nt!KiSwapThread+0x2fa
fffffa60`138f48d0 fffff800`01ab16d6 nt!KeWaitForSingleObject+0x2da
fffffa60`138f4960 fffff800`01ab1667 nt!FsRtlCancellableWaitForMultipleObjects+0x62
fffffa60`138f49c0 fffffa60`06c515e0 nt!FsRtlCancellableWaitForSingleObject+0x27
fffffa60`138f4a00 fffffa60`06c611dc rdbss!RxWaitForStableCondition+0x11c
fffffa60`138f4a40 fffffa60`06c61c07 rdbss!RxFindOrCreateConnections+0x44c
fffffa60`138f4b20 fffffa60`06c56840 rdbss!RxConstructVirtualNetRoot+0xb7
fffffa60`138f4bc0 fffffa60`06c6381a rdbss!RxFindOrConstructVirtualNetRoot+0x594
fffffa60`138f4d30 fffffa60`06c54c42 rdbss!RxCreateTreeConnect+0x13e
fffffa60`138f4dc0 fffffa60`06c2fbf6 rdbss!RxCommonCreate+0x20a
fffffa60`138f4e80 fffffa60`06c5191a rdbss!RxFsdCommonDispatch+0x786
fffffa60`138f4f70 fffffa60`07e4f21f rdbss!RxFsdDispatch+0x21a
fffffa60`138f4fe0 fffffa60`011e05f5 mrxsmb!MRxSmbFsdDispatch+0xbf
fffffa60`138f5020 fffffa60`011e0130 mup!MupiCallUncProvider+0x159
fffffa60`138f5090 fffffa60`011e17af mup!MupStateMachine+0x120
fffffa60`138f50e0 fffffa60`00d200b4 mup!MupCreate+0x2c3
fffffa60`138f5160 fffffa60`06d332d6 fltmgr!FltpCreate+0xa4
[...]
3rd party filter drivers
[...]
fffffa60`138f55a0 fffff800`01aefa59 nt!IopParseDevice+0x5e3
fffffa60`138f5740 fffff800`01af3944 nt!ObpLookupObjectName+0x5eb
fffffa60`138f5850 fffff800`01affee0 nt!ObOpenObjectByName+0x2f4
fffffa60`138f5920 fffff800`01b00a0c nt!IopCreateFile+0x290
fffffa60`138f59c0 fffff800`0186fdf3 nt!NtCreateFile+0x78
fffffa60`138f5a50 fffff800`01870300 nt!KiSystemServiceCopyEnd+0x13
fffffa60`138f5c58 fffffa60`06c91a5e nt!KiServiceLinkage
fffffa60`138f5c60 fffff800`018913d1 dfsc!DfscConnOpenIpcConnectionCallout+0xbe
fffffa60`138f5d20 fffffa60`06c91d08 nt!KeExpandKernelStackAndCalloutEx+0×2e1
fffffa60`138f5db0 fffffa60`06c9bbcc dfsc!DfscGetIpcConnection+0×1f0
fffffa60`138f5e30 fffffa60`06c9bb21 dfsc!DfscRmGetReferral+0×78
fffffa60`138f5ea0 fffffa60`06c91470 dfsc!DfscGetDomainDCReferral+0×31
fffffa60`138f5ef0 fffffa60`06c917ec dfsc!DfscRmValidateDomainIterate+0×5c
fffffa60`138f5f40 fffffa60`06c915f5 dfsc!DfscValidateReferral+0xa0
fffffa60`138f5fb0 fffffa60`06c917ec dfsc!DfscRmValidateRootGetParent+0×75
fffffa60`138f5fe0 fffffa60`06c90825 dfsc!DfscValidateReferral+0xa0
fffffa60`138f6050 fffffa60`06c93905 dfsc!DfscCmValidateState+0×79
fffffa60`138f6090 fffffa60`06c9e759 dfsc!DfscSurrogateCreate+0×7d
fffffa60`138f6100 fffffa60`011e03ab dfsc!DfscSurrogatePreProcess+0xb9
fffffa60`138f6130 fffffa60`011e014f mup!MupCallSurrogatePrePost+0×10b
fffffa60`138f6190 fffffa60`011e17af mup!MupStateMachine+0×13f
fffffa60`138f61e0 fffffa60`00d200b4 mup!MupCreate+0×2c3
fffffa60`138f6260 fffffa60`06d332d6 fltmgr!FltpCreate+0xa4
[…]
3rd party filter drivers
[…]
fffffa60`138f6610 fffff800`01aefa59 nt!IopParseDevice+0×5e3
fffffa60`138f67b0 fffff800`01af3944 nt!ObpLookupObjectName+0×5eb
fffffa60`138f68c0 fffff800`01ac22f1 nt!ObOpenObjectByName+0×2f4
fffffa60`138f6990 fffff800`0186fdf3 nt!NtQueryAttributesFile+0×134
fffffa60`138f6c20 00000000`77285e4a nt!KiSystemServiceCopyEnd+0×13

This API is mentioned in the following presentation and document and can also be found in WDK:

PPT: Windows Memory Management Advances

DOC: Advances in Memory Management 

KeExpandKernelStackAndCallout

Its 3rd parameter is the stack size and we can see it used in disassembly where r8d register is used for 3rd parameter according to x64 calling convention and rcx is used for the first parameter, a function procedure to be executed with a guaranteed kernel stack size:

0: kd> kv 100
Child-SP          RetAddr           : Args to Child                                                           : Call Site
[...]
fffffa60`138f5c60 fffff800`018913d1 : 00000000`00000000 fffff880`10d6d3f8 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : dfsc!DfscConnOpenIpcConnectionCallout+0xbe
fffffa60`138f5d20 fffffa60`06c91d08 : fffffa60`06c919a0 fffffa60`138f5df0 fffff880`102128d0 fffffa60`138f5f10 : nt!KeExpandKernelStackAndCalloutEx+0×2e1
fffffa60`138f5db0 fffffa60`06c9bbcc : 00000000`00000000 fffff880`10d6d3f8 00000000`00000000 fffff880`10d6d460 : dfsc!DfscGetIpcConnection+0×1f0
[…]

0: kd> ub fffffa60`06c91d08
dfsc!DfscGetIpcConnection+0×1c6:
fffffa60`06c91cde xor     r9d,r9d
fffffa60`06c91ce1 mov     qword ptr [rsp+50h],rax
fffffa60`06c91ce6 mov     rax,qword ptr [dfsc!DfscGlobalData+0×138 (fffffa60`06c8d758)]
fffffa60`06c91ced mov     r8d,6000h
fffffa60`06c91cf3 mov     qword ptr [rsp+40h],rdi
fffffa60`06c91cf8 mov     byte ptr [rsp+58h],r11b
fffffa60`06c91cfd mov     qword ptr [rsp+20h],rax
fffffa60`06c91d02 call    qword ptr [dfsc!_imp_KeExpandKernelStackAndCalloutEx (fffffa60`06c8b0d0)]

0: kd> ub fffffa60`06c91cde
dfsc!DfscGetIpcConnection+0x199:
fffffa60`06c91cb1 488b88b8000000  mov     rcx,qword ptr [rax+0B8h]
fffffa60`06c91cb8 0fba61100a      bt      dword ptr [rcx+10h],0Ah
fffffa60`06c91cbd 450f42df        cmovb   r11d,r15d
fffffa60`06c91cc1 488b4338        mov     rax,qword ptr [rbx+38h]
fffffa60`06c91cc5 488d542440      lea     rdx,[rsp+40h]
fffffa60`06c91cca 488d0dcffcffff  lea     rcx,[dfsc!DfscConnOpenIpcConnectionCallout (fffffa60`06c919a0)]
fffffa60`06c91cd1 4889442448      mov     qword ptr [rsp+48h],rax
fffffa60`06c91cd6 488d842490000000 lea     rax,[rsp+90h]

It is good sign to see it used in file system stacks because in the past the fixed kernel stacks resulted in stack overflows and double faults:

Stack Overflow Pattern (kernel mode)

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

4 Levels of Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Long time ago a professor of mathematical analysis told me a joke about reading comprehension levels:

Level 1: You feel good while reading

Level 2: You can repeat what you’ve read

Level 3: You can refute what you’ve read

After looking at some books on my shelves that I bought last month including 11 volume history of philosophy I would like to add

Level 0: You feel good before reading

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Debugged! MZ/PE soon to be available!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Yesterday I submitted the magazine to print and distribution world-wide. If everything is right it should be available by the end of this month. This first issue features 12 page WinDbg command supplement to pattern-driven memory dump analysis methodology, an overview of Win32dd complete memory dumper and PowerDbg enhancements to debug ASP.NET code. The magazine will only be available in print.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Manual dump, wait chain, blocked thread, dynamic memory corruption and historical information: pattern cooperation

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

For one manual user dump of a hanging service neither !analyze -v nor !analyze -v -hang command found the problem:

Loading Dump File [ServiceA.dmp]
User Mini Dump File with Full Memory: Only application data is available

Comment: 'Userdump generated complete user-mode minidump with Standalone function on COMPUTER'

0:000> !analyze -v -hang

DERIVED_WAIT_CHAIN: 

Dl Eid Cid     WaitType
-- --- ------- --------------------------
   0   678.67c File IO               

WAIT_CHAIN_COMMAND:  ~0s;k;;

BLOCKING_THREAD:  0000067c

DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID:  APPLICATION_HANG_BlockedOn_FileIO

PRIMARY_PROBLEM_CLASS:  APPLICATION_HANG_BlockedOn_FileIO

LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER:  from 7c82776b to 7c8285ec

STACK_TEXT: 
0012fbc8 7c82776b ntdll!KiFastSystemCallRet
0012fbcc 77e218b2 ntdll!NtReadFile+0xc
0012fc34 77d85edb kernel32!ReadFile+0x16c
0012fc60 77d85f82 advapi32!ScGetPipeInput+0x2a
0012fcd4 77d71ed9 advapi32!ScDispatcherLoop+0x51
0012ff38 004025e0 advapi32!StartServiceCtrlDispatcherW+0xe3
0012ff60 0042c8fd ServiceA!main+0x110
0012ffc0 77e4f23b ServiceA!mainCRTStartup+0x143
0012fff0 00000000 kernel32!BaseProcessStart+0x23

As usual the critical section list was checked for any locked sections and to find wait chains:

0:000> !cs -l -o -s
-----------------------------------------
DebugInfo          = 0x7c8877c0
Critical section   = 0×7c8877a0 (ntdll!LdrpLoaderLock+0×0)
LOCKED
LockCount          = 0xA2

WaiterWoken        = No
OwningThread       = 0×00011f64
RecursionCount     = 0×1
LockSemaphore      = 0×188
SpinCount          = 0×00000000
OwningThread DbgId = ~20s
OwningThread Stack =
ChildEBP RetAddr  Args to Child             
0327f91c 7c827d0b 7c83d236 00000754 00000000 ntdll!KiFastSystemCallRet
0327f920 7c83d236 00000754 00000000 00000000 ntdll!NtWaitForSingleObject+0xc
0327f95c 7c83d281 00000754 00000004 00370000 ntdll!RtlpWaitOnCriticalSection+0×1a3
0327f97c 7c82a264 00370608 00000000 0000008c ntdll!RtlEnterCriticalSection+0xa8
0327fba4 7c3423aa 00370000 00000008 0000008c ntdll!RtlAllocateHeap+0×313
0327fbe4 7c3422cb 00000001 0000008c 00000000 msvcr71!calloc+0xe6
0327fbfc 7c81a352 7c340000 00000002 00000000 msvcr71!_CRTDLL_INIT+0×138
0327fc1c 7c82ed97 7c34229f 7c340000 00000002 ntdll!LdrpCallInitRoutine+0×14
0327fcb8 7c82ec9f 0327fd28 0327fd28 00000000 ntdll!LdrpInitializeThread+0×10d
0327fd14 7c8284c5 0327fd28 7c800000 00000000 ntdll!_LdrpInitialize+0×16f
00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 ntdll!KiUserApcDispatcher+0×25
ntdll!RtlpStackTraceDataBase is NULL. Probably the stack traces are not enabled.
[…]
DebugInfo          = 0×7c887e20
Critical section   = 0×00370608 (+0×370608)
LOCKED
LockCount          = 0×7

WaiterWoken        = No
OwningThread       = 0×000027ac
RecursionCount     = 0×1
LockSemaphore      = 0×754
SpinCount          = 0×00000fa0
OwningThread DbgId = ~17s
OwningThread Stack =
ChildEBP RetAddr  Args to Child             
0170ebe0 7c82775b 77e62610 d0000144 00000004 ntdll!KiFastSystemCallRet
0170ebe4 77e62610 d0000144 00000004 00000000 ntdll!NtRaiseHardError+0xc
0170ee50 77e592a3 0170ee78 77e41ac1 0170ee80 kernel32!UnhandledExceptionFilter+0×51a

0170ee58 77e41ac1 0170ee80 00000000 0170ee80 kernel32!BaseThreadStart+0×4a
0170ee80 7c828752 0170ef64 0170ffdc 0170ef80 kernel32!_except_handler3+0×61
0170eea4 7c828723 0170ef64 0170ffdc 0170ef80 ntdll!ExecuteHandler2+0×26
0170ef4c 7c82855e 0170d000 0170ef80 0170ef64 ntdll!ExecuteHandler+0×24
0170ef4c 7c82a754 0170d000 0170ef80 0170ef64 ntdll!KiUserExceptionDispatcher+0xe (CONTEXT @ 0170ef80)
0170f258 7c82a82b 0185d6a8 00690043 0170f320 ntdll!RtlpCoalesceFreeBlocks+0×36e

0170f340 7c34218a 00370000 00000000 0185bad8 ntdll!RtlFreeHeap+0×38e
0170f388 004288df 0185bad8 05afd9c4 00000000 msvcr71!free+0xc3
0170f3b4 00428a16 05afd9c4 00001bc4 0185bad8 ServiceA!SetData+0×4df
ntdll!RtlpStackTraceDataBase is NULL. Probably the stack traces are not enabled.
[…]

We see that 162 threads (0xA2) are waiting for 0×7c8877a0 locked critical section whose owner thread #20 is waiting for the critical section 00370608 owned by the thread #17. The latter thread is blocked in an unhandled exception filter raising a hard error message box. Applying the new exception context we confirm heap corruption problem:

0:000> .cxr 0170ef80
eax=0185d6a8 ebx=00370000 ecx=00690043 edx=00000001 esi=0185d6a0 edi=01858030
eip=7c82a754 esp=0170f24c ebp=0170f258 iopl=0 nv up ei pl zr na pe nc
cs=001b ss=0023 ds=0023 es=0023 fs=003b gs=0000 efl=00010246
ntdll!RtlpCoalesceFreeBlocks+0×36e:
7c82a754 8b09            mov     ecx,dword ptr [ecx]  ds:0023:00690043=????????

0:000> kL
  *** Stack trace for last set context - .thread/.cxr resets it
ChildEBP RetAddr 
0170f258 7c82a82b ntdll!RtlpCoalesceFreeBlocks+0×36e
0170f340 7c34218a ntdll!RtlFreeHeap+0×38e
0170f388 004288df msvcr71!free+0xc3
0170f3b4 00428a16 ServiceA!SetData+0×4df
[…]
0170ffec 00000000 kernel32!BaseThreadStart+0×34

Therefore we suggest to enable full page heap either by using gflags or application verifier. Looking further at other locked critical sections omitted above we notice that one is inaccessible and from an unloaded module:

Cannot read structure field value at 0x5531953c, error 0
Cannot determine if the critical section is locked or not.
-----------------------------------------
Critical section   = 0x55319538 (<Unloaded_DetouredA.DLL>+0×29538)
DebugInfo          = 0×00147108
ntdll!RtlpStackTraceDataBase is NULL. Probably the stack traces are not enabled.

We see this execution residue in the list of unloaded modules too:

0:000> lmt
[...]
Unloaded modules:
[...]
697b0000 697c7000   faultrep.dll
    Timestamp: Sat Feb 17 15:12:57 2007 (45D71B79)
    Checksum:  0001D340
[...]
552f0000 55320000   DetouredA.DLL
    Timestamp: Wed Dec 19 09:38:46 2007 (4768E6A6)
    Checksum:  00030564

Recalling that this hooksware had problems before we also suggest to remove software package that injects DetouredA module to test the stability of the system.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Memory Dumps and Philosophy of Science

Friday, March 13th, 2009

During the last week of March I’m planning to take a break to write a mini-treatise explaining my dangerous idea in detail:

Parameterized Science: Universal Memory Dumps and the Grand Unification (ISBN: 978-1906717650)

This full color small publication should appear in print by the end of April and start an iterative and incremental publishing thread in philosophy.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

My Dangerous Idea: Parameterized Science

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Today I found this book in a local bookshop but didn’t buy it because I couldn’t find enough dangerous ideas in it: 

What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable

Buy from Amazon

So I give my own dangerous idea in return: in the future, all sciences, engineering and technology will be ultimately fused and concerned with universal memory dumps of empirical data where appropriate symbol files will be used for every science as we know today, these files called science files. The set of science files can be considered as a parameter, hence the name of this idea. In another words, there will be one Science of memory dump analysis and many sciences. All sciences will be finally unified.

Now the question. Would it be also possible to discover new sciences by finding a suitable set of science files corresponding to a collected dump of empirical data?

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Debugging Slang (Part 2)

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

American equivalent of a British bloke:

a pal - a panic alarm

Examples: I see a pal. I got this company’s pal.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Memorianic Prophecy 0m4

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Every memory has Original Defects.

Memory as religion

- Dmitry Vostokov @ Memory Religion Portal -