Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
HyperDbg gives you unique abilities to use modern processor features that will assist you in your reverse engineering journey.
The OpenSecurityTraining2's "Reversing with HyperDbg (Dbg3301)" tutorial is the recommended way to get started with and learn HyperDbg, guiding you through the initial steps of using HyperDbg, covering essential concepts, principles, debugging functionalities, along with practical examples and numerous reverse engineering methods that are unique to HyperDbg.
Programmers, security researchers, malware analyzers, and fuzzer programmers.
HyperDbg has a unique architecture. The principles of designing HyperDbg are making an OS-independent debugger and leveraging modern processor features to bring new reverse engineering methods; thus, the features you see in HyperDbg are not available in other debuggers.
HyperDbg has a completely different architecture. Windbg operates on ring 0 (kernel) while HyperDbg is running on ring -1 (hypervisor); thus, HyperDbg provides unique features that are not available on Windbg (OS-Level).
Besides that, HyperDbg is not just a simple debugger. It comes up with modern reverse engineering methods by using vt-x and other modern processor facilities to ease reverse engineering, analyzing, and fuzzing.
The current version of HyperDbg only supports Intel x64 processors. You cannot run it on an AMD processor or an ARM processor. This is mainly because HyperDbg heavily uses VT-x which is an Intel-based technology, but future versions will support other processors as well.
Your processor should at least support Intel Extended Page Table (A.K.A. EPT), which is introduced on Nehalem Microarchitecture, but most of the functionalities are working on Intel's 4th or later generation; so, the previous processors might have undefined behaviors with some of the functionalities of HyperDbg. Even though most of the functionalities are supported on the 4th generation of Intel Processors but still some minor functionalities need newer processors. It's recommended to use a Skylake (6th generation) processor or newer processors to support all functionalities.
No, the current version is only limited to Windows; however, one of our top priorities is to port HyperDbg on Linux, but currently, it's only usable on Windows.
Of course not! The only problem with not having a separate machine is that you can only operate on VMI mode, and you can't pause (halt) the system with breakpoints or for stepping. You can also use VMware Workstation to debug in debugger mode with all of the features, including stepping and pausing the debuggee.
The current versions of HyperDbg are only tested on VMware Workstation Player (free for non-commercial use) and VMware Workstation Pro, but in future versions, we will support all the virtualization platforms with nested-virtualization.