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Re: [Qemu-devel] dump-guest-memory command?

From: Greg Kurz
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] dump-guest-memory command?
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 09:03:22 +0200

On Fri, 16 May 2014 14:24:16 +0800
Jun Koi <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> Anybody please help me on this dump-guest-memory command? How does the
> virtual memory map to the dumped file?
> For example, if x86 register RIP points to 0x12345, how does that map to
> the dump file? Meaning how can I find where this address 0x12345 in the
> dump?
> I tried, but couldnt find much documentation on this command.
> Thank you a lot,
> Jun

Hi Jun,

The dump file is in ELF format and data is written in ELF notes.
Use readelf -a on the file and you'll get something like the
following at the end of the output:


Notes at offset 0x000001c8 with length 0x00000328:
  Owner                 Data size       Description
  CORE                 0x00000150       NT_PRSTATUS (prstatus structure)
  QEMU                 0x000001b0       Unknown note type: (0x00000000)

The registers sit in the NT_PRSTATUS note (hence somewhere offset
0x000001c8 and 0x000001c8+0x00000150+0x14 (the latter is the ELF note
header size). Be aware that intel is little endian: if RIP is 0x00012345,
you need to look for '45 23 01 00' in the file.

The attached script may help to display the dump file content.


Gregory Kurz                                     address@hidden
Software Engineer @ IBM/Meiosys                  http://www.ibm.com
Tel +33 (0)562 165 496

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