NtGlobalFlag

Created the Monday 18 March 2019. Updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago.

The information that the system uses to determine how to create heap structures is stored at an undocumented location in the PEB at offset 0x68. If the value at this location is 0x70, we know that we are running in a debugger.

The NtGlobalFlag field of the Process Environment Block (0x68 offset on 32-Bit and 0xBC on 64-bit Windows) is 0 by default. Attaching a debugger doesn’t change the value of NtGlobalFlag. However, if the process was created by a debugger, the following flags will be set:

  • FLG_HEAP_ENABLE_TAIL_CHECK (0x10)
  • FLG_HEAP_ENABLE_FREE_CHECK (0x20)
  • FLG_HEAP_VALIDATE_PARAMETERS (0x40)

The presence of a debugger can be detected by checking a combination of those flags.


Technique Identifiers

U0111 B0001.036

Technique Tag

ntglobalflag


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