Author Archives: Alnoor Allidina


Documented Behavior The IO_IGNORE_SHARE_ACCESS_CHECK flag provides a way for Windows kernel components to bypass sharing checks while opening local files. NTFSD has lots of posts on the subject — see here, here, here, etc… MSDN discusses the flag as well … Continue reading

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Finding an Exception in a user-mode minidump

I spend most of my time in kernel and so I still fumble around sometimes when asked to look at user-mode crash dumps. In particular, someone gave me an .hdmp file recently — I don’t know much about this kind … Continue reading

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Different Ways to View Assembly Code

tl;dr; Compiling with /FAcs gives you useful source + assembler output. There are lots of ways to view the compiled assembly code for a function — in this post I discuss three of them. I work exclusively on Windows so … Continue reading

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Preventing System DLL Sideload Attacks

Problem Statement DLL sideloading is an attack where an unintended DLL is loaded, resulting in unintended code execution. This attack is possible for any DLL; in this article, we focus on Windows system DLLs. Sideloading system DLLs There’s an inherent … Continue reading

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MEX is Your Friend: Analyzing 32-bit Processes in a 64-bit Kernel Dump

Introduction In 2016, Microsoft publicly released a WinDBG extension called MEX. It has a number of commands that make life easier when kernel debugging or analyzing a crash dumps. You can download it here if you want to give it a … Continue reading

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Windows Subystem For Linux – File Reads

I’ve read a bit about the way that Microsoft has implemented the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). A one sentence summary: all system calls in a WSL process are fulfilled by a special kernel driver called a pico provider. I … Continue reading

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Why does Notepad++ hang when I open it?

I am generally happy with Notepad++ but every now and then I find that it takes a long time to open. Yesterday, I started seeing a 20-second hang and after opening Notepad++ a few times, I became frustrated enough to troubleshoot … Continue reading

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