Reading registry from windows kernel driver in C

I need to read settings from the registry (preferably) or from a file. The driver is a kernel driver that is set to start with type of start set to SYSTEM, so all services and WinAPIs are not necessarily available.

I'm attempting to use the RtlQueryRegistryValues function in order to read a single String value from the registry, but whatever I do I seem to get the same 0xC0000034 error code back which translate to STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND.

According to the documentation available at MSDN STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND is returned from RtlQueryRegistryValues when the path parameter does not match a valid key, or a specific flag is set and conditions specific to that flag is not met. As far as I can tell the registry keys are actually present in my test machine and I'm not using the RTL_QUERY_REGISTRY_REQUIRED flag.

The registry values I'm attempting to read is located under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/company/ProjectName, I'm attempting to read both the default value and a REG_SZ value named parameter. The call to RtlQueryRegistryValues is performed during the DriverEntry(...) stage of loading the driver.

I can't figure out what it is that I'm doing wrong, and since I'm new to kernel drivers and the debugging process is quite tedious I'm not sure whether or not I just refer to the registry values incorrectly or if the registry is available at all during this stage of the system boot.


NTSTATUS DriverEntry(...) {
    NTSTATUS regStatus = 0;
    WCHAR* regPath = L"\\Registry\\Machine\\SOFTWARE\\Company\\ProjectName";

    RtlZeroMemory(query, sizeof(RTL_QUERY_REGISTRY_TABLE) * 2);

    data.Buffer = NULL;
    data.MaximumLength = 0;
    data.Length = 0;

    // query[0].Name = L"Parameter";
    query[0].Name = L""; // L"" refers to the default value
    query[0].Flags = RTL_QUERY_REGISTRY_DIRECT;
    query[0].EntryContext = &data;

    regStatus = RtlQueryRegistryValues(RTL_REGISTRY_ABSOLUTE, regPath, query, NULL, NULL);

    DebugPrint("regStatus: %lx\n", regStatus);
    DebugPrint("data: %wZ\n", &data);


answered 4 years ago Igor Skochinsky #1

I'm not 100% sure but I suspect the registry hive for the Software subtree is just not loaded. Why are you trying to access it anyway? The proper place for driver config parameters is its own registry key (\Registry\Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\<DriverName>\) and the path to it is even passed to your DriverEntry function so you don't need to hardcode it.

See also: Registry Trees and Keys for Devices and Drivers.

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