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The Windows Registry Adventure #2: A brief history of the feature

Posted by Mateusz Jurczyk, Google Project Zero Before diving into the low-level security aspects of the registry, it is important to understand its role in the operating system and a bit of history behind it. In essence, the registry is a hierarchical database made of named "keys" and "values", used by Windows and applications to store a variety...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 19:46
The Windows Registry Adventure #1: Introduction and research results

Posted by Mateusz Jurczyk, Google Project Zero In the 20-month period between May 2022 and December 2023, I thoroughly audited the Windows Registry in search of local privilege escalation bugs. It all started unexpectedly: I was in the process of developing a coverage-based Windows kernel fuzzer based on the Bochs x86 emulator (one of my favorite...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 19:45

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