Getting Items from ListView from other application



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I am trying to get item text form ListView (there are few items and 5
columns) from other application (application written in MFC). As I know I
have to allocate memory in target application address space, send a message
and than read from allocated memory. But I still doing something wrong and
can't find correct solution. I fell I am close to it. Please find code below
(C#) :

[StructLayout( LayoutKind.Sequential)]
public struct LV_ITEMA
public int mask;
public int iItem;
public int iSubItem;
public int state;
public int stateMask;
public IntPtr pszText;
public int cchTextMax;
public int iImage;
public int lParam;
public int iIndent;
/// <summary>
/// Summary description for ListViewItem.
/// </summary>
public class ListViewItem
public ListViewItem()

public const int PROCESS_QUERY_INFORMATION = 1024;
public const int PROCESS_VM_OPERATION = 0x8;
public const int PROCESS_VM_READ = 0x10;
public const int PROCESS_VM_WRITE = 0x20;
public const int STANDARD_RIGHTS_REQUIRED = 0xF0000;
public const int MAX_LVMSTRING = 255;
public const int MEM_COMMIT = 0x1000;
public const int MEM_RELEASE = 0x8000;
public const int PAGE_READWRITE = 0x4;
public const int LVIF_TEXT = 0x1;

private const int LVM_FIRST = 0x1000;
private const int LVM_GETITEMCOUNT = LVM_FIRST + 4;
private const int LVM_GETCOLUMN = LVM_FIRST + 25;
private const int LVM_GETITEM = LVM_FIRST + 5;
private const int LVM_GETITEMTEXT = 0x102D;

bool result;
IntPtr pHandle;
IntPtr pStrBufferMemory;
IntPtr pMyItemMemory;

public static extern IntPtr OpenProcess(int dwDesiredAccess, bool
bInheritHandle, int dwProcId );
public static extern IntPtr VirtualAllocEx(IntPtr hProcess,IntPtr lpAddress,
int dwSize, int flAllocationType, int flProtect );
public static extern bool VirtualFreeEx(IntPtr hProcess, IntPtr lpAddress,
int dwSize, int dwFreeType);
public static extern bool WriteProcessMemory(IntPtr hProcess, IntPtr
lpBaseAddress,ref LV_ITEMA lpBuffer, int nSize, ref int
public static extern bool ReadProcessMemory(IntPtr hProcess, IntPtr
lpBaseAddress, ref LV_ITEMA lpBuffer, int nSize, ref int
public static extern int SendMessage(IntPtr hWnd, int Msg, int wParam,
IntPtr lParam);
public static extern bool CloseHandle(IntPtr hObject);

public void Run(IntPtr ptr)
strBuffer = new byte[MAX_LVMSTRING];
Process [] localByName = Process.GetProcessesByName("myProcess");
Process proc = localByName[0];
PROCESS_VM_WRITE, false, proc.Id);
pStrBufferMemory = VirtualAllocEx(pHandle,IntPtr.Zero, MAX_LVMSTRING,
LV_ITEMA lv = new LV_ITEMA();
lv.mask = LVIF_TEXT;
lv.iItem = 1;
lv.iSubItem = 5;
lv.pszText = pStrBufferMemory;
lv.cchTextMax = MAX_LVMSTRING;
pMyItemMemory = VirtualAllocEx(pHandle,IntPtr.Zero, Marshal.SizeOf(lv),
IntPtr lvptr = Marshal.AllocHGlobal(Marshal.SizeOf(lv));
int written = 0;
result = WriteProcessMemory(pHandle, pMyItemMemory,ref lv,
Marshal.SizeOf(lv), ref written);

int i = SendMessage(ptr, LVM_GETITEM, 0, pMyItemMemory);
i = SendMessage(ptr, LVM_GETITEMTEXT, 1, pStrBufferMemory);
IntPtr ppr = IntPtr.Zero;
int read = 0;
StringBuilder str = new StringBuilder(MAX_LVMSTRING);
result = ReadProcessMemory(pHandle, pMyItemMemory,ref lv, written,ref read);
string str1 = Marshal.PtrToStringAnsi(lv.pszText);

As a result of i = SendMessage(ptr, LVM_GETITEMTEXT, 1, pStrBufferMemory);
I'm receiving 0 - means false and
string str1 = Marshal.PtrToStringAnsi(lv.pszText);
Gives me an error : Object instance not set to object.
Please help
Thanks in advance

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