!monitor (monitor read/write to a page)

Description of '!monitor' command in HyperDbg.

Command

!monitor

Syntax

!monitor [mode] [from address] [to address] [pid (hex value)] [core (hex value)] [imm (yes|no)] [event options]

Description

Monitors read or write or read/write to a range of addresses. If any read or write on your range address (memory), it will be triggered.

It is exactly like read/write of Hardware Debug Registers but without any size and count limitation.

Parameters

[mode]

Can be one of these values :

rw : trigger in the case of reading and writing.

r : trigger in the case of reading.

w : trigger in the case of writing.

[from address]

The start Virtual address of where we want to monitor for reading or writing.

[to address]

The end of Virtual address of where we want to monitor for reading or writing.

[pid (hex value)]

Optional value to trigger the event in just a specific process. Add pid xx to your command; thus, the command will be executed if the process id is equal to xx. If you don't specify this option, then by default, you receive events on all processes.

[core (hex value)]

Optional value to trigger the event in just a specific core. Add core xx to your command thus command will be executed if core id is equal to xx. If you don't specify this option, then by default, you receive events on all cores.

[imm (yes|no)]

Optional value in which yes means the results (printed texts in scripts) should be delivered immediately to the debugger. no means that the results can be accumulated and delivered as a couple of messages when the buffer is full; thus, it's substantially faster, but it's not real-time. By default, this value is set to yes.

[event options]

Regular event parameters that are used in HyperDbg events. (For more information, read this topic)

Context

As the Context (r8 in custom code and rdx in condition code register) to the event trigger, HyperDbg sends the physical address of where triggered this event.

It's a physical address representation of what you entered as [from address] and [to address], so it's not a constant address and might be different in the range you entered (in a physical address format).

Debugger

This event supports three debugging mechanisms.

  • Break

  • Script

  • Custom Code

Please read "How to create a condition?" if you need a conditional event, a conditional event can be used in all "Break", "Script", and "Custom Code".

Break

Imagine we want to put a monitor writes but not reads on address from fffff800`4ed60000 to fffff800`4ed60100 , this will break to the debugger and gives the control back to you.

HyperDbg> !monitor w fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100

If we want reads but not writes.

HyperDbg> !monitor r fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100

If we want both reads and writes.

HyperDbg> !monitor rw fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100

Script

Using the following command, you can use HyperDbg's Script Engine. You should replace the string between braces (HyperDbg Script Here) with your script. You can find script examples here.

HyperDbg> !monitor w fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100 script { HyperDbg Script Here }

The above command when messages don't need to be delivered immediately.

HyperDbg> !monitor w fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100 script { HyperDbg Script Here } imm no

Script (From File)

If you saved your script into a file, then you can add file: instead of a script and append the file path to it. For example, the following examples show how you can run a script from file:c:\users\sina\desktop\script.txt.

HyperDbg> !monitor w fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100 script {file:c:\users\sina\desktop\script.txt}

You can use event forwarding to forward the event monitoring results from this event and other events to an external source, e.g., File, NamedPipe, or TCP Socket. This way, you can use HyperDbg as a monitoring tool and gather your target system's behavior and use it later or analyze it on other systems.

Custom Code

Please read "How to create an action?" to get an idea about how to run a custom buffer code in HyperDbg.

Your custom code will be executed in vmx-root mode. Take a look at this topic for more information. Running code in vmx-root is considered "unsafe".

Run Custom Code (Unconditional)

Monitoring reads and writes on address from fffff800`4ed60000 to fffff800`4ed60100 and run 3 nops whenever the event is triggered. Take a look at Run Custom Code for more information.

HyperDbg> !monitor rw fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100 code {90 90 90}

Run Custom Code (Conditional)

Monitoring reads and writes on address from fffff800`4ed60000 to fffff800`4ed60100 and run 3 nops whenever the event condition is triggered and run 3 nops whenever the event is triggered. Take a look at Run Custom Code and how to create a condition for more information.

HyperDbg> !monitor rw fffff800`4ed60000 fffff800`4ed60100 code {90 90 90} condition {90 90 90}

Keep in mind that a conditional event can be used in Breaking to Debugger and Running Script too.

IOCTL

This command uses the same method to send IOCTL for regular events.

As EventType use HIDDEN_HOOK_READ in the case you want just reads, use HIDDEN_HOOK_WRITE in the case you want just writes and use HIDDEN_HOOK_READ_AND_WRITE in the case you want both reads and writes and send the start address (from address) of where you want to monitor in OptionalParam1and end address (to address) of where you want to monitor in OptionalParam2address DEBUGGER_GENERAL_EVENT_DETAIL.

Design

Take a look at "Design of !monitor" to see how does it work.

Remarks

You shouldn't use any of !monitor, !epthook, and !epthook2 commands on the same page (4KB) simultaneously. For example, when you put a hidden hook (!epthook2) on 0x10000005, you shouldn't use any of !monitor or !epthook commands on the address starting from 0x10000000 to 0x10000fff.

You can use !epthook (just !epthook not !epthook2 and not !monitor) on two or more addresses on the same page (means that you can use the !epthook multiple times for addresses between a single page or putting multiple hidden breakpoints on a single page). But you can't use !monitor or !epthook2 twice on the same page.

This is an event command, but in the current version of HyperDbg (in Debugger Mode), this command will continue the debuggee for some time; however, you can use this trick to make sure you won't lose any event.

Requirements

Post-Nehalem Processor (EPT)

None