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1 Advanced Buffer Overflow Technique Greg Hoglund

2 Attack Theory Formalize the Attack Method Re-Use of Attack Code Separate the Deployment from the Payload Payloads can be chosen for desired effect Details and Restraints of both Payload and Deployment code

3 Exploits A BUG in Software New bugs reported every day automated testing tools –USSR Labs Exploit is code that takes advantage of a bug in order to cause an effect

4 What can happen? Machine Crash kernel exception VIP process Application Crash (most common) Recoverable Exception Mobile Code (deadly) File Access (read or write) Denial of Service

5 Exploits can be grouped Some bugs are all the same Some bugs keep coming back –improper filtering –bounds checking –bad authentication –impersonation In other words, need better testing

6 Entry -vs- Effect The attack payload is not the same as the entry point Missle -vs- Warhead analogy The Delivery Mechanism can be decoupled from the Payload

7 Exploits come in 2 parts Injection Vector (deployment) –the actual entry-point, usually tied explicity with the bug itself Payload (deployed) –usually not tied to bug at all - limited only by imagination. Some restraints.

8 Injection Vector Target Dependant OS Dependant Application Version Dependant Protocol Dependant Encoding Dependant

9 Payload Independent of Injection Vector Still Depends on Machine, Processor, etc. With some exceptions Mobile Code, Just like a Virus Once established, can spread by any means –trust –scanning for more bugs

10 Payload Denial of Service –use as launching point (arp spoofing) Remote Shell (common) –covert channel or netcat like Worm/Virus –extremely dangerous Rootkit (common - stealth)

11 Injector/Payload Pairs One injector works on n qualified hosts Example - IIS Injector works on ~20% of Web Hosts. Payload –Remote Shell for control –Shutdown Machine –Shutdown ALL Machines on subnet

12 Types of Injection Content Based –characters inserted into a data stream that result in the remote process doing something it shouldnt. Process is still in control. Buffer Overflow –poor programming practice subverts architecture of code execution. Process loses control.

13 Types of Injection Trust Based –Boot virus/ Floppy/ CD (parasite process) –MACRO virus – Attachments (Melissa, etc) –Web Browsing (exploit users trust, etc) click thru

14 Governments write Injector Code? 1995 US Defense Intelligence Agency Report –Cuban Military targets US w/ custom virii University of Havana, team of less than 20 computer experts –Russian KGB prior to 1991 coup attempt, KGB has virii intended to shut down US computers in times of war

15 Mobile code in Global 2000? 1995 E&Y report –67% of companies hit bit virus 1996 E&Y report –63% of companies hit by virus 1996 UK Information Security Breaches Survey –51% of companies hit by virus

16 How hard can it hit? NCSA 1997 report –33% of all machines infected with virus –average cost of recovery ~$8000 US dollars November 1988 Morris Worm –strikes ~6,000 computers (10% of Internet at time) within hours –spreads via Buffer Overflow in fingerd –spreads via Sendmail exploit

17 How hard can it hit? 1989, WANK Worm –Hits NASA Goddard Space Center –spreads to US DOE High Energy Physics network (HEPNET) –2 weeks to clean all systems

18 Buffer Overflow Injection Overflow the Stack Overflow the Heap Goal: Must control the value of the instruction pointer (processor specific) Goal: Get the Instruction Pointer to point to a user-controlled buffer.

19 Challenges Injector/Payload size restrictions –tight coding requirements Injector and Payload in same buffer –cannot step on each other Guessing Address Values –sometimes called offsets NULL characters, BAD characters –use encoding and stack tricks

20 Stack Injection Stack is used for execution housekeeping as well as buffer storage. Stack-based buffer must be filled in direction of housekeeping data. Must overwrite the housekeeping data

21 Address Housekeeping A B C D code heap IP DI SI FLAG SP BP stack IP

22 Stack Overflow C C

23 The Problem with NULL STOPS C C

24 NULL must be PAST housekeeping data OK C C

25 Little and Big Endian On Intel x86 (Little Endian), Values are stored backwards - least significant byte goes first: FF is stored as: FF

26 We store address in housekeeping data C CD F Original Address 0C New Address

27 Injection is Complete We control the instruction pointer New Address

28 Where to put the payload C New Address

29 Confined Payload Byte Compression Use only preloaded functions –Payload doesnt need to build jumptables –Useable functions must be loaded Use Hardcoded addresses –Payload designed for a specific process with predictable features Data portion of payload needs to be small

30 Using more stack for payload OK C C 0D NO NULL in Address

31 Much Larger Payload

32 When does the address contain a NULL character Lowland Address - starts with 00 –stack is in lowland on Windows NT usually XX XX –limits size of payload Highland Address - no zeros in address –stack is in highland under Linux –unlimited payload size

33 Large payload, Lowland address We cannot use a lowland address directly, because it limits our payload We can use a CPU register We can use stack values that remain undamaged

34 A register points to the stack A B C D code heap IP DI SI FLAG SP BP stack IP

35 Call thru a Register Call eax, call ebx, etc –FF D0 = call eax –FF D3 = call ebx –FF D1 = call ecx –etc, etc

36 Push a register then return Push register –push eax = 50 –push ebx = 53 –etc Then RET –RET = C3

37 Guessing where to go We jump to the wrong address –crashes software –payload doesnt execute Use NOP (no-op) - a single byte instruction –NOP = 90 Fill buffer with NOPs –NOP Sled

38 NOP Sled End up at payload

39 Inject the Payload into the HEAP When the stack is limited in size Store part on the payload on stack, the other on the heap Protocol Headers –HTTP headers Recent Transactions Open Files

40 Use the CPU A B C D code heap IP DI SI FLAG SP BP stack

41 Execute code on the heap A B C D code heap IP DI SI FLAG SP BP stack IP

42 Trespassing the HEAP Two C++ objects near one another Any buffer that can overwrite a pointer –function pointer –string pointer (alter behavior w/o mobile code)

43 Overwrite the VTABLE C++ objects have a virtual function table Vtable pointer Member variables grow away from vtable pointer (NT)

44 Overwrite VTABLE Must have 2 C++ Objects (on heap) Overwrite vtable ptr

45 Where do I make the VTABLE point?

46 Your own VTABLE The VTABLE has addresses for all virtual functions in the class. This usually includes a destructor - which will be called when the object is destroyed (deallocated from memory) Overwrite any function that works

47 Injection is complete Kernel level overflows all over in NT Off by one errors causing frame pointer overwrite Multi-stage attacks where you must first get the target into a state before attempting overflow The effects of URL or MIME encoding

48 Now for the Payload Using Loaded Functions Encoding our own data Loading new functions & DLLs Making a shell

49 The Payload Real Code DATA NOP Sled

50 Getting Bearings –Call RELOC: –RELOC: pop edi EB –edi now has our code address –we can use this as an offset to our data

51 Reverse Short Call NO NULL Bytes –RELOC: jmp RELOC2 –Call RELOC: –RELOC2: pop edi EB FF FF FF FE

52 XOR Protection Cannot have NULLs in data portion XOR every BYTE

53 XOR again to decode Begin decode

54 Hardcoded Function Calls code

55 Pros/Cons to hard coding PRO: makes code smaller CON: what if function isnt always in same place? –Dynamically loaded DLLs PRO: some DLLs are *usually* always in the same place –KERNEL32.DLL

56 Dynamic Function Loading Use LoadLibrary() and GetProcAddress() –usually always in same place –hard coding usually works Load New DLLs Find any function by ASCII name –handy

57 Load Function by Name Function name stored here getprocaddress

58 Build a jumptable getprocaddress

59 Use Jumptable

60 HASH Loading (el8) Process already has ASCII names of all loaded functions stored in process-header We can locate any loaded function by checking the CRC of each loaded ASCII name We do not need to store function names in our DATA section - only CRCs –makes payload smaller!

61 PE Header PE OFFSET Optional Header ASCII NAME Address

62 Check CRCs CRC

63 Limited Character Set means Limited Instruction Set Payload is filtered –MIME –URL alphanumeric only ( headers) –short jumps (difficult to maintain) –pop/push –subtract

64 The Bridge Avoids jump instruction size must be calculated exactly

65 Load New DLL

66 WININET.DLL Use DLL functions –InternetOpenURL() –InternetReadFile() Does all the hard work Makes payload smaller Download and Execute any file, anywhere File stored anonymously - hard to trace

67 WS2_32.DLL Socket bind listen send recv accept

68 Interrupt Calls Dont require addresses Small Easy to use –Load register with call number –Load register with argument pointer –interrupt (2 bytes long) –CD 2E (interrupt 2E) –CD 80 (interrupt 80)

69 Remote Command Shell Spawn a process –CreateProcessA (kernel32 function) –INT 80 (linux) (execve syscall) Pipe the output thru socket –Named pipes (~5 functions) –Connect in or out over any TCP socket

70 Covert Channel If exploited process is root or SYSTEM –TDI or NDIS hook –session over ACK packets or ICMP IIS –Patch any point where URL requests are handled –no kernel required

71 WORMS Payload searches for new hosts to attack Trust Exploitation –sniff passwords on wire –SMB sessions to other NT hosts –NT Registry Alteration –NFS/Drive Sharing Consider survivability of Payload –what % of hosts are eligible?

72 Lysine Deficiency Worm will die if certain condition is not met Existance of File Existance of Network Entity Floppy in floppy drive (testing lab)

73 RECAP Injection is not the same as payload Payloads can perform –Denial of Service –WORM –Remote Shell –Rootkit

74 RECAP Injection has many challenges –NULL characters –Stack size –Highland/Lowland address –Calling thru CPU registers

75 RECAP Filters limit what we can use in a payload Limited OP-CODE sets can still be used to build fully functional programs

76 RECAP Our payload is encoded We can build jumptables We can load new DLLs and Functions We can hard-code addresses or load them dynamically We can use Lysine Deficiency to keep Worms from spreading uncontrolled

77 Thank You Your mind is your primary weapon


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