Questions tagged [windows]

Windows refers to the Microsoft Windows series of operating systems.

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String as constant , even not visible in disassembler

I was reading this article Where I saw that while reversing the WinRAR I saw that the x64dbg is not able to search for a string in all modules "evaluation copy". but why is that happening. ...
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What is the mdisp field in RTTI for throw used for?

First of here is the article from which I'm looking up the fields. I was trying out different combinations to see how they affect the RTTI for a C++ throw. It seems that having a virtual base class ...
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Module name in the export table of a PE image

One of the fields of the PE export table is the image name, see screenshot below for an example. This name is part of the file, even though I can rename it to any other name after it's compiled. My ...
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Static Binary in Windows

I am learning more about binary exploitation on windows. But I saw while revering a binary that you can create static binaries in windows too just like in Linux. It was really ugly. if I would be on ...
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What is the meaning of call ds:ApiName[registry*constant] in IDA .asm files?

I have a dataset of .ASM files generated by IDA (dont have the corresponding file) now there are a lot of calls like this : .text:00637114 5F pop edi .text:...
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ASLR in Linux Vs Windows

I am quite new in binary exploitation. I am doing a lot of beginners exercise here. I am confused about ASLR. I tried some binary exploitation thing in Linux. It was recommended that I should stop ...
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Where do mouse/keyboard GUI inputs get queued or stored?

Where do mouse-clicks in a program's GUI window/menus (Windows OS) get stored in memory? Is there some sort of input/GUI "queue" similar to Windows messages queuing? I'm wondering if it'd be possible ...
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Structure of operand bytes in .NET call and data access IL instructions?

I tried googling but couldn't find any good source that explains the structure of memory access instructions like ldstr and call instructions for example based on experience, the last byte of API/...
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Ways of creating a new thread on Windows

I'd like to know about every possible way how a thread can be created in a process at the lowest possible level. There are loads of WinAPI-s to create a thread, but as far as I know all of them ends ...
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How to track output parameters in disassembly?

I have the following disassembly of winload!CmpFindNlsData function and I need to check the output parameters of this function. P.S.: CmpFindNLSData(int a1<eax>, int a2, PUNICODE_STRING ...
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Watching a TLS Slot value in x64dbg

I am new to reverse engineering and I was trying to debug why a 3rd party application was crashing when I m injecting my DLL in it. (There are some cases where it didn't crash) So I was able to figure ...
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What is the purpose of 'mov edi, edi'?

I see this instruction in the beginning of several Windows programs. It's copying a register to itself, so basically, this acts as a nop. What's the purpose of this instruction?
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How are processes assigned a virtual base address

So I'm trying to understand how a process is assigned a base address once its loaded into memory. If I understand correctly each process has its own virtual address space, and each virtual address is ...
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What is physical address on a pe reader?

What is physical address on a Pe file? I had search on the microsoft website article about pe files and don't have found anything.
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Trying to reverse engineer CmpFindNlsData of winload

I have a basic understanding of assembly language and I'm unable to perfectly define the algorithm of winload!CmpFindNlsData looking at the disassembly. Basically I need to understand how NLS data is ...
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Ghidra is mishandling a field access

I have a program which decompiles in Ghidra to include the line temp_5f2f2f81bc = *(CPedIntelligence **)(&DAT_000010c0 + (longlong)pCVar2); temp_5f2f2f81bc is a CPedIntelligence*. pCVar2 is a ...
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reason of padding in exploit

I was doing vulnserver bufferflow exploit. I saw a tutorial where the he makes a payload to exploit the server. Take a look at the exploit: #!/usr/bin/python import socket target_ip = "10.0.2....
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how could i follow a system call from a dll -> kernel driver syscall

basically i would like to follow (system calls / internal calls) that basically lands in the kernel i would like for example to debug a specific dll ex : ntdll.dll and follow it to (NtXXX) function ...
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Why does PE ImageBase address change in memory?

I'm reversing a malicious 32-bit x86 Windows executable. Statically reviewing PE headers in Ghidra, I see that ImageBase is set to 0x400000 as expected. However, when the binary is loaded into memory, ...
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Call function by ebp

When I looking at exe file with Ida I see call dword ptr [ebp -70p] What is that? Why this function calling by ebp and not call sub_0xabcd How can I know which function is that to enter to this ...
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Reverse engineering a “Crypto++/CryptoPP” Windows Service using Ghidra

I'm new the reversing scene (and this site!). I recently got interested in seeing how Windows Services tick, and discovered a weird encryption scheme. The binary isn't obfuscated at all (at least, it ...
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Finding mapped memory page flags in Radare2

I have a memory dump of notepad.exe. Radare's iS to print sections gives me the mapped files (executable and it's dll's) as well as the many sections simply marked 'Memory_Section', which from what I ...
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Windows pintool mismatch between call/ret instructions

So i've been trying to write a pintool that monitors call/ret instructions but i've noticed that threre was a significant inconsistency between the two. For example ret instructions without previous ...
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Reconstructing Assembly Truth Map

So I recently read [1] which evaluates several disassemblers. The truth/test binaries are generated by the SPEC CPU 2006 Benchmark suite. The authors provide detailed build instructions for the ELF ...
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How to find and edit the source of a string in a DX11 game's exe/files (debug build of the game available)

I want to find and edit the values for the motion blur effect in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 on PC (Windows, DX11) to be more in line with the PS3 version (and the other Storm games on PC as well). ...
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Pe 32 Add Export function Segment by Extending with dll or Patching pe

I need to add new function inside pe32 module.dll Export Table , in dynamic way if possible ( via extending with dll ) or by patching pe32 module.dll What can u suggest to solve this ?
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Adding a static variable to Windows DLL

I'm trying to patch a function in a Windows x86 DLL, however it turned out that I need a static variable to store some state that wasn't correctly preserved by the original executable across calls. I ...
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Injecting C++ code, while also maximizing compatibility with other injections

Using the New Vegas Script Extender C++ API for Fallout New Vegas, I am able to write to the process' memory directly at runtime through a .dll plugin that's loaded by the NVSE injector. But it is not ...
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Where do arguments 5 and 6 go in this Microsoft x64 function call?

I'm disassembling a working-as-expected compiled C program (MS/Windows x64, MinGW gcc 10.1.0). In the main function, I have the following call which passes 6 arguments to the function DotProduct: ... /...
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How to know where a sequences of bytes are used in a .NET application with Dnspy?

There are a sequence of bytes that i need to find out where are used in dnspy i tried going to hex editor and found the bytes, but right clicking and saying go to code or structure or follow reference ...
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PE Format - How can I delete IMAGE_IAT_DIRECTORY and the app still runs fine?

I’m doing a small research regarding PE files and while I drilled every related question or the documentation itself I couldn’t explain this issue. Why can I go to CFF explorer or some other PE ...
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ACCESS_VIOLATION when attaching a debugger

I'm debugging a software and it hits access violation on wcslen function under debugger but runs normally without it. First I thought It had some anti-debug trick, but I could not found any ...
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How are AutoIT variable names stored after compiling it to a executable?

I need to write a yara rule for a autoit malware (the binary itself not the decompiled script) As far as i know the actual script is in the resource section in the RCData, but how can i find the bytes ...
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How to run another IDA script using IDApython?

I'm using IDA batch scripting to run a script on a dataset of malware the problem is i need to run the VB6 idc script after auto analysis is finished, and wait for it to finish and find all the ...
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'local call from' in x64dbg

In OllyDbg there was a thing called "local call from xxx,xxx,xxx,xxx ... " which helps me know from where a function is being called in the entire module. Does such a feature exist in x64dbg as well?
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Remove a mutex on windows (with debugger/disassembler)

I'd like to patch an app to avoid it to use/create a specific mutex, because this one prevents the app from running in multiple instances. I'm already able to close the mutex's handle with a program ...
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Reverse engineer Listen to this device on Windows - Reverse engineer Windows when there's no API

I'm writing an Autohotkey script to toggle Listen to this device for my microphone, without interacting with a GUI. I thought it would be a simple registry key being modified so I used RegShot to ...
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Difference between DllMain and DllEntryPoint

I have a piece a malware to analyze. It is a DLL according to the IMAGE_FILE_HEADER->Characteristics. I was trying to do some dynamic analysis on it. I have done the following: Run it with ...
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How to debugging activeX with Ida

When I enter to some site it ask me to install ActivX to my Internet Explorer browser so this site will work well. I installed that,and that site works well. How can I see this ActiveX code(where ...
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Analyzing Windows kernel driver

I'm trying to analyze some Windows kernel driver. What I want to achieve is full execution trace, from driver entry to end point. Driver is heavily virtualized and contains multiple anti-debugging ...
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What is the difference between mapped and private memory segments in xdbg? and what is a reserved segment?

So in xdbg in the memory map, i can see that some segments are mapped and some are private, at first i thought maybe mapped means it has a corresponding file on disk and its the mapped version of that,...
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Catch connection string between exe and mdb

I have an exe file that read and write from a local DB file. I checked this file with Detect It Easy and it shows that this is a mdb file. I can open this file with microsoft access, and watch all ...
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Why does an executable still run despite changes to checksum, or changes to data section without new checksum?

I have a "Hello World" console app compiled with Flat Assembler. The size of the executable is 2048 bytes and the checksum is 0x3797. Questions: Does it matter if I make changes to the data section ...
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Debug program using peculiar anti-debugging technique

In my BA thesis, I wanted to present a program for Windows, using various anti-debugging techniques. One of them, which I came up on my own (possibly it is well known, but I didn't find it anywhere) ...
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Anti-debug clearing hardware breakpoints

An application I am debugging somehow manages to clear my hardware breakpoints. I am using TitanHide and x64dbg. I am observing the following behaviour: When placing the first hw breakpoint, it is ...
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How to bypass SSL certificate pinning on Windows 10

When reverse engineering a big application, it can be very useful to be able to see the network traffic it generates. Because of this, many applications use HTTPS to communicate with their servers. ...
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what routine in ntdll.dll is responsible of dispatching DllMain function of loaded dll?

I'm trying to debug a dll file using Ida disassembler and Windbg. I'm debugging rundll32.exe and passing the target dll (debugee) as an argument. I'm able to have a breakpoint on each Dll load & ...
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Modern methods of fuzzing/locating heap bugs and potential vulnerabilites

really glad I found this great learning resource. I was wondering, is there any way to fuzz or automate heap vulnerability assesment? I know a lot of practical frameworks for stack based fuzzing in ...
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ntoskrnl checksum mismatch

I had hex-edited windows kernel file c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe to fix some assembly bytes in the way i need it. System wont boot because of STATUS_IMAGE_CHECKSUM_MISMATCH error (0xC0000221; ...
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The executable file makes a unique ID from each individual PC. Can anyone decipher from where the file makes these unique IDs?

The file generates random unique ID. It says hardware ID but I couldn't find it in product key, BIOS serial number or anywhere. I used IDA but I couldn't get from where the file creates the code. Even ...

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