Debug Registers, Hardware Breakpoints

Created the Friday 13 November 2020. Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago.

Registers DR0 through DR3 contain the linear address associated with one of the four hardware breakpoint conditions. For anti-debugging, malware will check the contents of the first four debug registers to see if the hardware breakpoint has been set.

Technique Identifiers

U0127 B0001.005

Technique Tag


Featured Windows API's

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External Links

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