Structural Memory Patterns (Part 1)

Now it’s time to divide memory analysis patterns discerned so far as mostly abnormal software behavior memory dump and software trace patterns into behavioral and structural catalogues. The goal is to account for normal system-independent structural entities and relationships visible in memory like modules, threads, processes and so on.

The first pattern (and also a super-pattern) we discuss in this part is called Memory Snapshot. It is further subdivided into Structured Memory Snapshot and BLOB Memory Snapshot. Structured sub-pattern includes:

- Contiguous memory dump files with artificially generated headers (for example, physical or process virtual space memory dump)

- Software trace messages with imposed internal structure

BLOB sub-pattern variety includes address range snapshots without any externally imposed structure, for example, saved by .writemem WinDbg command or ReadProcessMemory API and contiguous buffer and raw memory dumps saved by various memory acquisition tools.

Behavioral patterns that relate to Memory Snapshot pattern are:

I strive initially to publish at least one such pattern every day to fill the gap of normal patterns in memory analysis and later add more multi-platform details and examples from other platforms like Linux, Mac OS X, embedded and selected important historical architectures.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

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