User and Reference Guide

  • 2020
  • 10/23/2020
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Tracing a Windows* Kernel Function

To trace the frequently called
Windows* kernel function, perform the following steps:
  1. Set an IP filter (to avoid tracing debugger communication):
    !setipfilter nt!KiSwapThread (nt!KiSwapThread+0x6e1)
  2. Set a breakpoint at that function:
    bp nt!KiSwapThread
  3. Enable tracing, run twice (the first hit stops at that function, the second hit stops after tracing), and disable tracing:
    !enable; g; g; !disable
  4. Decode:
WinDbg* dumps the recorded trace data:
6: kd> !decode fffff803`bcc4adae 440fb6f0 movzx r14d,al fffff803`bcc4adb2 488bbbc8000000 mov rdi,qword ptr [rbx+0C8h] fffff803`bcc4adb9 0fba73740a btr dword ptr [rbx+74h],0Ah fffff803`bcc4adbe 4c89a424b0000000 mov qword ptr [rsp+0B0h],r12 fffff803`bcc4adc6 723b jb nt!KiSwapThread+0x1a3 (fffff803`bcc4ae03) fffff803`bcc4adc8 4584f6 test r14b,r14b fffff803`bcc4adcb 0f858d010000 jne nt!KiSwapThread+0x2fe (fffff803`bcc4af5e) fffff803`bcc4add1 400fb6cd movzx ecx,bpl fffff803`bcc4add5 440f22c1 mov cr8,rcx fffff803`bcc4add9 4c8b742460 mov r14,qword ptr [rsp+60h]

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