Weekly digest 13

This is already number thirteen of the weekly digests! It will highlight the things that happened to and around x64dbg this week.

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Decode function offset in stack

The offset to the function will now be shown on stack return addresses!

function offset

Context menu in the xref dialog

You can now set various kinds of breakpoints in the xref dialog directly.

xref breakpoint menu

Removed buggy branch destination cache

During tracing the dis.branchexec function would sometimes report incorrect results. This has now been fixed.

Added disassembly expression functions

You can now use the dis.isnop and dis.isunusual expression functions during tracing to get where you want to be even quicker!

Added more advanced arguments in favourite tools

The favourites menu now allows for more advanced interaction with the tools. You can use the %PID%, %DEBUGGEE% and %MODULE% in the path to launch your tool with contextually-relevant information. In addition you can use string formatting to fill in any expression you like. For instance %-{cip}-% will replace this with the contents of the EIP/RIP register.

Show better contextual information in the disassembler

Various (small) bugs in the capstone wrapper module have been fixed. NOP jumps should now be correctly detected. In addition x64dbg will show comments helping you see that certain branches are useless.

jmp nop

Various GUI improvements

Pull request #1272 by torusrxxx contains numerous GUI improvements. Various fixed hotkeys, better follow in memory map, search in the current function, show the list of variables and various other small fixes.

Additional fixes are more realistic scroll bars. Previously the scroll bars would always look like there was an enormous amount of data, but this has been adjusted to give a more natural feeling. You can also put comments on the first address of a memory page and it will show up in the memory map.

Icon for database files

Thanks to ThunderCls the launcher will now add icons for the x64dbg database files! See pull request #1246 for more information!

icon files

Fixed format in infobox

In case you didn’t know, the info box shows information about the currently-selected instruction and it’s location. This example shows the mov dword ptr ss:[ebp-4],FFFFFFFE instruction at the address 77683C87 in ntdll.dll. You can see the section .text:77683C87, the RVA ntdll.dll:$B3C87 (which is also a legal expression in the goto dialog) and the file offset ntdll.dll:#B3087. In addition to that you can see how many times the instruction has been recorded in the trace record.


Fixed find commands

The commands findall and findmemall would function improperly when the optional size argument was used. This has gone unnoticed for a long time, most probably because this option was never used. It has now been corrected.

Don’t consider reserved pages as valid memory

Reserved memory pages would in some cases be considered readable, which could lead to inconsistent menus. This has now been fixed and reserved memory is no longer considered readable.

Option for hardcore thread switch warnings

There are various undocumented setting in x64dbg (mostly to provide backwards-compatibility in case people don’t like a change). One of these was to show thread switch warnings in the log, it has now been added to the setting dialog.

thread switch setting

Fixed unary operators

The expressions (-1), func(-1) and various others would be reported as invalid because the unary operators were detected incorrectly. This has now been corrected and the expression -(-variable) now works as expected! See the expressions documentation for more information on expressions!

Usual stuff

That has been about it for this week again. If you have any questions, contact us on Telegram, Gitter or IRC. If you want to see the changes in more detail, check the commit log.

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