Heap Flag

Created the Monday 18 March 2019. Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago.

ProcessHeap is located at 0x18 in the PEB structure. This first heap contains a header with fields used to tell the kernel whether the heap was created within a debugger. The heap contains two fields which are affected by the presence of a debugger. These fields are Flags and ForceFlags.

The values of Flags and ForceFlags are normally set to HEAP_GROWABLE and 0, respectively.

On 64-bit Windows XP, and Windows Vista and higher, if a debugger is present, the Flags field is set to a combination of these flags:


When a debugger is present, the ForceFlags field is set to a combination of these flags:


Technique Identifiers

U0112 B0001.021

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