Examining SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (7e) BSOD

My work computer recently crashed with a BSOD just after inserting a USB 3.0 memory stick.

Considering the circumstances I suspected that a USB driver bug caused the crash.

 

Checked Event Viewer and found:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-WER-SystemErrorReporting
Event ID:      1001
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
Description:
The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x0000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff88001e685fe, 0xfffff8800394e5a8, 0xfffff8800394de00). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP.

 

Examined the memory dump with WinDbg (x64).

Checked for details about the crash with:

!analyze -v

Part of the result:

SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (7e)
This is a very common bugcheck.  Usually the exception address pinpoints
the driver/function that caused the problem.  Always note this address
as well as the link date of the driver/image that contains this address.
Arguments:
Arg1: ffffffffc0000005, The exception code that was not handled
Arg2: fffff88001e685fe, The address that the exception occurred at
Arg3: fffff8800394e5a8, Exception Record Address
Arg4: fffff8800394de00, Context Record Address

Debugging Details:
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EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.

FAULTING_IP:
iusb3hub+235fe
fffff880`01e685fe 4c8b00          mov     r8,qword ptr [rax]

EXCEPTION_RECORD:  fffff8800394e5a8 -- (.exr 0xfffff8800394e5a8)
ExceptionAddress: fffff88001e685fe (iusb3hub+0x00000000000235fe)
ExceptionCode: c0000005 (Access violation)
ExceptionFlags: 00000000
NumberParameters: 2
Parameter[0]: 0000000000000000
Parameter[1]: 0000000000000000
Attempt to read from address 0000000000000000

MODULE_NAME: iusb3hub

IMAGE_NAME:  iusb3hub.sys

 

Examined the call stack with:

kp

Result:

Child-SP          RetAddr           Call Site
fffff880`0394d5d8 fffff800`0344cf24 nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`0394d5e0 fffff800`0340a745 nt!PspUnhandledExceptionInSystemThread+0x24
fffff880`0394d620 fffff800`03101cb4 nt! ?? ::NNGAKEGL::`string'+0x21dc
fffff880`0394d650 fffff800`0310172d nt!_C_specific_handler+0x8c
fffff880`0394d6c0 fffff800`03100505 nt!RtlpExecuteHandlerForException+0xd
fffff880`0394d6f0 fffff800`03111a05 nt!RtlDispatchException+0x415
fffff880`0394ddd0 fffff800`030d5a82 nt!KiDispatchException+0x135
fffff880`0394e470 fffff800`030d45fa nt!KiExceptionDispatch+0xc2
fffff880`0394e650 fffff880`01e685fe nt!KiPageFault+0x23a
fffff880`0394e7e0 fffff880`01e4a2b6 iusb3hub+0x235fe
fffff880`0394e840 fffff880`01e4a055 iusb3hub+0x52b6
fffff880`0394e8b0 fffff880`01e4a7fd iusb3hub+0x5055
fffff880`0394e920 fffff880`01e5c9a7 iusb3hub+0x57fd
fffff880`0394e980 fffff880`01e5c3e4 iusb3hub+0x179a7
fffff880`0394ea90 fffff880`01e69b3b iusb3hub+0x173e4
fffff880`0394eb10 fffff800`033d2413 iusb3hub+0x24b3b
fffff880`0394eb40 fffff800`030df355 nt!IopProcessWorkItem+0x23
fffff880`0394eb70 fffff800`03371236 nt!ExpWorkerThread+0x111
fffff880`0394ec00 fffff800`030c7706 nt!PspSystemThreadStartup+0x5a
fffff880`0394ec40 00000000`00000000 nt!KxStartSystemThread+0x16

 

Apparently iusb3hub.sys caused an access violation by reading from address 0 (null pointer bug).

 

Examined information about the iusb3hub driver with:

lmv m iusb3hub

Result:

start             end                 module name
fffff880`01e45000 fffff880`01eaa000   iusb3hub   (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: iusb3hub.sys
Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\iusb3hub.sys
Image name: iusb3hub.sys
Timestamp:        Fri Dec 18 16:59:07 2015 (56742D4B)
CheckSum:         0006D07A
ImageSize:        00065000
Translations:     0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4

 

Noticed that the driver was more than 1 year old.

Found details about “Intel(R) USB 3.0 Root Hub” in Device Manager.

 

Decided to search for an updated driver.

Installed and ran Intel Driver Update Utility, which found a newer USB 3.0 driver (5.0.0.32)

Installed the updated driver and rebooted the system.

Hoping that this will prevent the computer from crashing in the future.