Author Archives: Don Burn

Another Step to Kernel String Safety

Over roughly the last decade Microsoft has made a lot of effort on providing Safe String functions and requiring their use.  Unfortunately, there is at least one hole in this effort that some of us pointed out years ago, that is still there, namely the functions RtlInitAnsiString, RtlInitString and RtlInitUnicodeString.  The functions take a NULL […]

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Build Drivers from the Command Line

There are a lot of reasons to be able to build drivers from the command line.  Many release engineering teams want to have automated nightly builds, and there are plenty of other uses for the capability. Recently I encountered more than one experienced Windows driver developer who complained that what they dislike about the Visual […]

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An Update for Using PC-Lint with the Windows Driver Kit

A couple of years ago I released a tool for using Lint with the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) that was described in my NT Insider article, Another Look at Lint.   For those unfamiliar with Lint, it is the checking program for the C language that came out of Bell Labs in 1978.  My tool supports […]

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WDK Installation Tips

Updated for the Windows 10 Enterprise WDK. I was recently loading up a test machine with the various Window Driver Kits (WDKs) so I could test some tools I have been working on.  Even for someone who has been developing Windows drivers for a long time, the idiosyncrasies of the various kits and installing them […]

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Blogging Again

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A little over 7 years ago, I stopped blogging as my consulting practice took off.   With a re-launch of my website I decided to return to blogging, but this time with a different focus.  One thing I consistently do is answer questions on the newsgroups and forums covering Windows driver development.  This blog will concentrate […]

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