Debugging with GDB

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  • pwndbg

    Exploit Development and Reverse Engineering with GDB Made Easy

    GDB is great. I definitely recommend checking out watchpoints as well, a very useful tool for monitoring how a variable changes over time.

    GDB also has many good plugins - pwndbg has tons of features and UI improvements over stock GDB.

  • gef

    GEF (GDB Enhanced Features) - a modern experience for GDB with advanced debugging capabilities for exploit devs & reverse engineers on Linux

    Using vanilla GDB is painful. As a bit of a shameless plug I recommend you check out GEF[1]. It's a large python script that extends GDB to make it a lot better to use. Notably it shows a lot of the state automatically every time the inferior stops. It's oriented around reversing and exploit development, but it definitely doesn't have to be used that way.


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    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • gdb-dashboard

    Modular visual interface for GDB in Python

    I can't believe no one has mentioned `gdb-dashboard` [1] yet! I use it extensively. [2]

    Beyond that, I have recently learned how to write custom pretty printers for GDB. This saves a lot of screen space. I should probably update [2] soon with those new techniques.

    GDB is powerful, useful, and after getting my start in IDE debuggers, including Visual Studio, I struggle whenever I have to go back.



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