Crash Dump Analysis Patterns (Part 152a)

If we don’t see exception codes from hidden exceptions when we inspect raw stack data we, nevertheless, in some cases might see execution residue left after calling exception handlers. For example, we can see that when we launch TestWER tool and select ‘Handled Exception’ checkbox:

If we then click on a button and then save a process memory dump using Task Manager we find the following traces on a raw stack:

0:000> !teb
TEB at 7efdd000
ExceptionList:        0018fe20
StackBase:            00190000
StackLimit:           0018d000
SubSystemTib:         00000000
FiberData:            00001e00
ArbitraryUserPointer: 00000000
Self:                 7efdd000
EnvironmentPointer:   00000000
ClientId:             00000b38 . 00000f98
RpcHandle:            00000000
Tls Storage:          7efdd02c
PEB Address:          7efde000
LastErrorValue:       0
LastStatusValue:      c0000034
Count Owned Locks:    0
HardErrorMode:        0

0:000> dps 0018d000 00190000
0018f414  00000000
0018f418  0018f840
0018f41c  0018f4cc
0018f420  77726a9b ntdll!ExecuteHandler+0×24
0018f424  0018f4e4
0018f428  0018f840
0018f42c  0018f534
0018f430  0018f4b8
0018f434  00412600 TestWER!_except_handler4

0018f438  00000001
0018f43c  00000000

0:000> ub 77726a9b
77726a7e 33f6            xor     esi,esi
77726a80 33ff            xor     edi,edi
77726a82 ff742420        push    dword ptr [esp+20h]
77726a86 ff742420        push    dword ptr [esp+20h]
77726a8a ff742420        push    dword ptr [esp+20h]
77726a8e ff742420        push    dword ptr [esp+20h]
77726a92 ff742420        push    dword ptr [esp+20h]
77726a96 e808000000      call    ntdll!ExecuteHandler2 (77726aa3)

If we compare the output above with the raw stack fragment from second chance exception memory dump (after we relaunch TestWER, don’t select ‘Handled Exception’ checkbox and click on the big lightning button) we would see the similar call fragment:

0018f3f4  00dd0aa7
0018f3f8  0018f41c
0018f3fc  77726ac9 ntdll!ExecuteHandler2+0x26
0018f400  fffffffe
0018f404  0018ffc4
0018f408  0018f534
0018f40c  0018f4b8
0018f410  0018f840
0018f414  77726add ntdll!ExecuteHandler2+0x3a
0018f418  0018ffc4
0018f41c  0018f4cc
0018f420  77726a9b ntdll!ExecuteHandler+0×24
0018f424  0018f4e4
0018f428  0018ffc4
0018f42c  0018f534
0018f430  0018f4b8
0018f434  77750ae5 ntdll!_except_handler4

0018f438  00000000
0018f43c  0018f4e4
0018f440  0018ffc4
0018f444  77726a3d ntdll!RtlDispatchException+0×127
0018f448  0018f4e4
0018f44c  0018ffc4
0018f450  0018f534
0018f454  0018f4b8
0018f458  77750ae5 ntdll!_except_handler4
0018f45c  00000111
0018f460  0018f4e4

Sometimes, we can also see “Unwind”, “StackWalk”, “WalkFrames”, ”EH”, “Catch” functions too. Sometimes we don’t see anything because such residue was overwritten by subsequent function calls after handled exceptions happened some time in the past.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ + -

One Response to “Crash Dump Analysis Patterns (Part 152a)”

  1. Dmitry Vostokov Says:

    If we get several the same first chance exception dumps for the same process it means that it was handled otherwise we wouldn’t see the subsequent dumps

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