Crash Dump Analysis Patterns (Part 239)

We found out that in Windows 10 (at least on our working system) Notepad is no longer a single threaded application even without opening any common dialogs (like in Evental Dumps analysis pattern example). It has at least 3 additional threads (and other modeling applications we use for our training also have additional threads):

0:000> ~*k

0 Id: 3a64.3b38 Suspend: 1 Teb: 00007ff6`a914d000 Unfrozen
# Child-SP RetAddr Call Site
00 000000e5`6298f938 00007ffa`e57cf8e5 USER32!NtUserGetMessage+0xa
01 000000e5`6298f940 00007ff6`a9603470 USER32!GetMessageW+0x25
02 000000e5`6298f970 00007ff6`a96141f5 notepad!WinMain+0x178
03 000000e5`6298f9f0 00007ffa`e3b42d92 notepad!WinMainCRTStartup+0x1c5
04 000000e5`6298fab0 00007ffa`e5bc9f64 KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0x22
05 000000e5`6298fae0 00000000`00000000 ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x34

1 Id: 3a64.38b0 Suspend: 1 Teb: 00007ff6`a914b000 Unfrozen
# Child-SP RetAddr Call Site
00 000000e5`62bffa58 00007ffa`e5bf93a5 ntdll!NtWaitForWorkViaWorkerFactory+0xa
01 000000e5`62bffa60 00007ffa`e3b42d92 ntdll!TppWorkerThread+0x295
02 000000e5`62bffe60 00007ffa`e5bc9f64 KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0x22
03 000000e5`62bffe90 00000000`00000000 ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x34

2 Id: 3a64.3940 Suspend: 1 Teb: 00007ff6`a9149000 Unfrozen
# Child-SP RetAddr Call Site
00 000000e5`62c7f718 00007ffa`e5bf93a5 ntdll!NtWaitForWorkViaWorkerFactory+0xa
01 000000e5`62c7f720 00007ffa`e3b42d92 ntdll!TppWorkerThread+0x295
02 000000e5`62c7fb20 00007ffa`e5bc9f64 KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0x22
03 000000e5`62c7fb50 00000000`00000000 ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x34

3 Id: 3a64.1030 Suspend: 1 Teb: 00007ff6`a9147000 Unfrozen
# Child-SP RetAddr Call Site
00 000000e5`62d1f878 00007ffa`e5bf93a5 ntdll!NtWaitForWorkViaWorkerFactory+0xa
01 000000e5`62d1f880 00007ffa`e3b42d92 ntdll!TppWorkerThread+0x295
02 000000e5`62d1fc80 00007ffa`e5bc9f64 KERNEL32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0x22
03 000000e5`62d1fcb0 00000000`00000000 ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x34

This gave us an idea for the analysis pattern we call Not My Thread since additional threads can be started by any other process DLLs, for example, by Hooksware. However, we need to distinguish between unexpectedly added threads, threads with Special Stack Traces and Special Threads, for example, from .NET support.

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

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