Created the Friday 10 March 2023. Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago.

The AddVectoredExceptionHandler technique is an anti-debugging method that can detect the presence of debuggers using Vectored Exception Handlers. This technique works by calling AddVectoredExceptionHandler(1, ourHandler) to register a top-level exception handler that will catch any exceptions raised by the process, including those generated by debuggers.

After this call has taken place, stepping through the code will trigger an EXCEPTION_SINGLE_STEP exception, which is caught by our top-level handler. This exception is typically only generated by debuggers and is therefore a strong indicator that a debugger is present.

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