DmpExt: Windbg extension

As mentioned in my recent presentation at Brucon 2014, I’ve written a small Windbg extension for exploring basic information about the Windows crash dump stack.  You can download the source code here.  This is currently the only supported platform, but it’s only a few hours of work to add other platforms, which I hope to accomplish soon.  Of course, feel free to commit your own changes to the repo and I will check them out.

To use the extension, first, make sure you have all symbols loaded (“.reload”). The extension is more useful with symbol resolution.  You will want to attach x86 Windbg to a virtual machine running Windows 8.0 x86.

To load the extension:

0: kd> .load <path_to>\DmpExt.dll

To get extension usage:

0: kd> !dmpext

DmpExt 1.0
Target OS build: Win NT 6.2
Available commands:
-stack: Display the crash dump driver stack
-crashdmp: Display details about crashdmp.sys
-filters: Display details about crash dump filters

Or simply use !help:

0: kd> !help
Commands for C:\<path>\DmpExt.dll:
!dmpext - The !dmpext extension displays information about the crash dump

The -stack command simply enumerates drivers in the crash dump stack:

0: kd> !dmpext -stack

Crash dump stack drivers:

Here we see that the dump miniport (LSI_SAS.sys), dump port (diskdump.sys), and two third-party filter drivers (dumpfve.sys and dmpflt.sys) are all loaded into the stack.  These drivers make up the crash I/O path to disk.

The -crashdmp command will display information about the operating system’s book-keeping driver, crashdmp.sys, such as the image base and dump block pointer, which is the starting point for the bypass technique discussed on this website:

0: kd> !dmpext -crashdmp

Crashdmp.sys information:
	Image entry:  0x81a4dcb0
	Image base:  0x82fe5000
	Initialized:  1
	Crashdmp GUID:  0e1d2972-65af-4ac1-bfa3-cef4ab0c38fe
	Dump block:  0x82fee300
	Context:  0x82fee298
	Crashdmp device GUID:  d8e2592f-1aab-4d56-a746-1f7585df40f4
	Crashdmp call table (0x81a4e0c0):
		Version 1.4
		0 => crashdmp!CrashdmpInitialize
		1 => crashdmp!CrashdmpLoadDumpStack
		2 => crashdmp!CrashdmpInitDumpStack
		3 => crashdmp!CrashdmpFreeDumpStack
		4 => crashdmp!CrashdmpDisable
		5 => crashdmp!CrashdmpNotify
		6 => crashdmp!CrashdmpWrite
		7 => crashdmp!CrashdmpUpdatePhysicalRange
		8 => crashdmp!CrashdmpResumeCapable
		9 => crashdmp!CrashdmpGetTransferSizes
		10 => crashdmp!CrashdmpLogStatusData
		11 => crashdmp!CrashdmpReady

The -filters command will display information about 3rd party vendor crash dump filter drivers, such as whole disk encryption solutions that encrypt hibernation and crash dump file contents:

0: kd> !dmpext -filters

Installed dump filters:
	Listhead at 0x880b18ec
	Filter at 0x8809a798:
		Version: 2.0
		DumpStart: dump_dumpfve!DumpStart (9081a7cc)
		DumpFinish: dump_dumpfve!DumpFinish (9081a84e)
		DumpUnload: dump_dumpfve!DumpUnload (9081a912)
		DumpWrite: dump_dumpfve!DumpWrite (9081a858)
		DumpRead: dump_dumpfve!DumpRead (9081a8da)
		Dump data: 8809e000
	Filter at 0x88099318:
		Version: 2.0
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for dump_dmpflt.sys
		DumpStart: dump_dmpflt (909ed490)
		DumpFinish: dump_dmpflt (909ed3e0)
		DumpUnload: dump_dmpflt (909ed4a0)
		DumpWrite: dump_dmpflt (909ed4d0)
		DumpRead: dump_dmpflt (909ed480)
		Dump data: 00000000

In the output above, Microsoft’s full volume encryption driver (dumpfve.sys) and my own dmpflt.sys filter driver are loaded in the stack. The filter block pointer provided in the output is the starting point for hijacking the crashdmp.sys book-keeping structure as outlined in the filter hijack technique.

Happy crash dumping!

Posted in blog, conference, source code, Windbg extensions
2 comments on “DmpExt: Windbg extension
  1. IDontWantAName says:

    Hi, the google code repo is dead. Do you have a new github one?

  2. sippy says:

    The project has since been migrated to GitHub. You can download the source code here:

    I don’t have the precompiled binaries anymore, and this code is very outdated (Windows 8), so it’s not going to work on any modern version of Windows. If you want to update it, please clone the repo and submit a pull request! Thanks

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