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Memory Imaging

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Memory imaging is the process of making a bit-by-bit copy of memory. In principle it is similar to Disk Imaging.

For physical memory it is common to have sections that are not accessible, e.g. because of memory-mapped I/O

The resulting copy is stored in a Forensics image format. Some of these formats have means to differentiate between an image of memory and e.g. that of a disk.

Methods

Reading from the Physical Memory Object

In Windows the Physical Memory Object, \\Device\PhysicalMemory, can be used the access physical memory. Since Windows 2003 SP1 user-mode access to this device-object is no longer permitted [1]. A kernel-mode process is still allowed to read from this device-object.

MmMapIoSpace

The MmMapIoSpace function (or routine) is kernel-mode function to map a physical address range to non-paged system space [2].

Also see

Memory Imaging Tools

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