A buffer overflow, or buffer overrun, is an anomaly where a program, while writing data to a buffer, overruns the buffer's boundary and overwrites adjacent memory.

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Drive-by downlad VS buffer and stack overflow attacks

Today malware is mainly spread thanks to vulnerabilities exploited in browsers and their plugins. The attackers use JavaScript to target those vulnerabilities. Two examples of such attacks are ...
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Does glibc use canary checking to prevent heap buffer overflow?

Since canary is used by gcc to prevent stack overflow (e.g. -fstack-protector), I am wondering whether glibc uses canary-based approach to defend heap buffer overflow? For example, this paper proposes ...
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Adding 65K buffer to protect from buffer overflows?

If you had a very complex and important function in C that you wanted to protect, would it be worth it to put a 65K buffer at the top of the stack to protect from buffer overflows? You would put your ...
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Possible to use buffer overflow on DLL-injected code?

Is it possible to apply buffer overflow on code that was injected using DLL injection? For instance, if I inject a function foo() into the process, is it possible to call foo() using buffer overflow? ...
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Is OpenSSL 0.9.8h affected by CVE-2014-0195?

I have spent time on finding out if OpenSSL 098h is affected by the CVE-2014-0195 ..but it seems I will have to understand the entire file d1_both.c to answer this question. 1) Preliminary look at ...
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Heap canaries, to protect function pointers in heap objects

I'm wondering if anyone has previously proposed, evaluated, or deployed the following measure to harden systems against heap-based buffer overruns: basically, stack canaries, but applied before ...
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Heap spray against 64-bit processes - possible?

Are heap spray exploits possible, if the process we're attacking is a 64-bit process? Naively, it seems like the 64-bit address makes it difficult to mount a heap spray: to fill all (or a significant ...
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Why are countermeasures against control-flow hijacking attacks mostly implemented in software?

I wonder why countermeasures against code-injection and control-flow hijacking attacks (e.g. stack-based buffer overflows and heap-based buffer overflows) are mostly implemented in software. Examples ...
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Information disclosure attack, using a heap overflow

A typical strategy for defeating ASLR is to find both a buffer overflow bug and an information disclosure bug. But when attacking servers that are automatically restarted whenever they crash/die, is ...
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Buffer Overflow Exploit Shellcode for Windows

Using a buffer overflow, I have been able to override return addresses. But the problem is that Windows addresses contain zeros at the beginning (e.g. 0x00401020). As a result, the objdump of any C ...
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libraries alternative to gcc stack-protector / fortity source feature on linux

is there external library/approach/whatever to add canary protection (stack-protector equivalent) extra buffer boundary check (fortity source equivalent) on a C software without using glibc / ...
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Does ASLR protect against a buffer overflow within a struct?

Assume a simple struct: struct test { char variable[4]; char variable2; } If I write something like variable[4] = '\0' there is a buffer overflow which modifies variable2. Does ASLR prevent ...
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3 byte address of system call and exit call

i am trying to exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in ubuntu (kernel version 3.0.0-12 generic i686) by using the method return to libc and the stack is not exploiting ? By while exploiting i ...
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8 extra bytes in stack

i am new to buffer overflow and learning from securitytube.net website but in 7th video i got stucked Buffer Overflow Primer Part 7 (Exploiting A Program Demo) In this when the value of egg is passed ...
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exploiting buffer overflow

when i download a copy of vulnerable program and try to exploit it by buffer overflow (any internal function calling as a payload) it works. but when i made a same type of vulnerable program in c i am ...
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Examples of software web clients (web browsers, IM clients, etc) written in “secure” / managed languages

After reading this article ("Everything is broken" by Quinn Norton) I was about to ask a question similar to this one (Why are security-crucial software written in unsafe languages?)... but actually I ...
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Defend against Blind ROP

At IEEE Security & Privacy, the blind return-oriented programming attack (blind ROP) was just introduced. In some sense, this is just another variation on ROP attacks -- but the blind ROP attack ...
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In return to libc how do you know the address of system() in a remote machine?

I have the following scienarion: a vulnerable program running in a server and can be accessed using netcat I have a copy of that program locally and I can exploit it locally using ROP: ./vuln ...
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What should you do if you cannot spawn a shell in a buffer overflow attack?

I have successfully exploited a program using ret2libc but I am running into a problem. Whenever I feed system() with /bin/sh I have nothing in return the program silently exit. However, if I feed ...
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Stack-based buffer overflow the program is interpreting the shellcode on its own

I'm beginner in exploits. So I had type simple program in C #include <stdio.h> void func(){ printf("asd"); } main(){ char buf[100]; scanf("%s", &buf); } My goal is to run the ...
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Why is it so difficult to protect an application against buffer overflows?

For example, buffer overflow vulnerabilities in Flash are often discovered. Shouldn't a proper verification of all function parameters in Flash source code be enough to protect against buffer ...
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Fomat String vulnerability used to display data outside the function stack frame?

if we run the following code using the input "hi", the output will simply be "hi" main(int argc, char **argv) { char *secret = "This is a secret 1\n"; char *secret2 = "This is ...
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Would the Heartbleed bug have been prevented if OpenSSL was written in Go/D/Vala?

IIUC the Heartbleed vulnerability happens due to a bug in the C source code of OpenSSL, by performing a memcpy() from a buffer that is too short. I'm wondering if the bug would have been prevented ...
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Should I worry about this UAC bypass exploit for Windows 7?

It appears that there is an exploit out there that allegedly allows you to bypass the UAC on Windows 7 computers and gain administrator access. I was wondering if this exploit is still a dangerous ...
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How to explain buffer overflow to a layman

Every once in a while (when I think out loud and people overhear me) I am forced to explain what a buffer overflow is. Because I can't really think of a good metaphor, I end up spending about 10 ...
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buffer overflow in python script

I am developing a script to perform an a buffer overflow for an assignment in school. However, I am stuck at a point where my payload works injected through the commandline, but not injected through ...
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Can this code be expoited using Buffer Overflow?

I have a piece of code which contains an obvious buffer overflow at strcpy(buf, x) since it doesn't check if buf is large enough to fit the string x. I'm wondering how to actually exploit this bug. ...
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Python exploit question?

Can someone please explain how and why this struct.pack code is used in the below exploit? I'm trying to understand how it triggers the vulnerability. I understand the buffer overflow aspect, I'm ...
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EIP pointer is overwritten but EBP remains intact

I was trying out a simple stack buffer overflow exploit by creating a malicious crash.m3u file. as you can see the EIP pointer is overwritten by "A" but EBP hasn't changed. isn't EBP supposed to get ...
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Why does this buffer overflow have payload &system-&exit-&BINSH

I'm following a tutorial to write a simple buffer overflow. I have (basic) knowledge of assembly, and the stack. I've written a stack based buffer overflow before and understood it. The program I'm ...
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Inversed Data Direction on the Stack

As I remember from my micro controller course, the stack is at the end of the memory, while at the begin are some interrupt pointers, program code and later data. Since the stack is at the end of the ...
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Examples of images causing buffer overflows? [closed]

I remember reading a news article of an incident where a hacker was able to use an image to infect thousands (maybe millions?) of computers. Can anyone provide links to such news articles? I couldn't ...
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Using buffer overflow on word with macro injection

I know how a buffer overflow works on a local network against an application running on a TCP port, assuming it doesn't drop the connection, but I would like some advice on an "exploit" I would like ...
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Is there any security concerns for CGI scripts written in pure bash?

I'm working on a project that would use bash and fastcgi to create a psudo-CMS, is there any kind of security concerns to watch out for (ie buffer overflows, and the like)?
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NX bit: does it protect the stack?

I once heard the NX bit was a panacea, then that it was not. One detail I've wondered about though: Does the NX (no execute) bit protect against code inserted into the stack and executed there? It ...
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Tracking down the source of email attacks

For the past week our company's IDS has been blocking 100-200 meeting invite emails per day from a specific client that are loaded with buffer overflows targeted at Exchange 2003. The payloads are ...
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How to learn programming from a hacker's prospective [closed]

I'm really into hacking and security aspects. But I'm wondering about several things that is stopping me from pursuing this passion for the time being. One of the them is actually Programming ...
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Buffer Overflow on Raspberry PI

Is the ARM processor used on the Raspberry Pi vulnerable to standard buffer overflows? That is, if a program that has a BO vulnerability is run on a Pi, will it be vulnerable to exploit? How does ...
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Tricky code to make memory-safe

I'm designing a homework challenge for students who are learning about memory safety and writing secure C code. As part of this, I am looking for a small programming task where it's non-trivial to ...
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Why doesn't the CPU verify/enforce matching call/ret addresses?

I've been contemplating the fundamental issue of stack overflows, from the classic shell code injection that doesn't work with NX bit to the newer ROP gadgetry. The first question I had was in ...
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Starting a new shell in a strcpy exploit using buffer overflow

I'm learning about buffer overflows and have this vulnerable code which I'm trying to start a shell from: #include <string.h> void myfunction(char *arg); int main(int argc, char **argv) { ...
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On Hawkes' technique to bypass canaries

I found this reference to bypass canaries: http://sota.gen.nz/hawkes_openbsd.pdf It recommends to brute force the canary byte-for-byte. I don't understand how this works: "Technique is to brute force ...
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Is a return to libc attack possible without the system function?

Every return to libc buffer overflow attack I've seen uses the system function to execute commands. I have an executable with DEP enabled (I can't execute on the stack) and the system function isn't ...
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Bounds checking using Intel's MPX

Intel has recently added new instructions to their instruction set to support bounds checking. Intel calls them the Memory Protection Extensions (MPX), and they are described in Chapter 9 of this ...
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Smashing the stack if it grows upwards

As we know that on most of the processor architectures, the stack grows downwards. Hence, memory exploits involving smashing of stack and buffer overflow and their explanation make sense. Just ...
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Return-oriented programming: how to find a stack pivot

I have a program with a heap overflow. It contains some code that is not randomized (is not using ASLR). I want to do a return-oriented programming exploit. Since this is a heap overflow, the first ...
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Stack Guard vs Stack Shield

I would like to know why nowadays Stack Guard is used everywhere (example: ProPolice in GCC, /GS in Visual Studio), instead of Stack Shield. Both the approaches (i.e. Stack Guard & Stack Shield) ...
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How is printf() in C/C++ a Buffer overflow vulnerability?

According to an article I just read, the functions printf and strcpy are considered security vulnerabilities due to Buffer overflows. I understand how strcpy is vulnerable, but could someone possibly ...
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Can I read/write canary values from %gs register?

I would like to know if it is possible to read (or write) the canary values from %gs register. If "yes", how; and if "no", why? Also, I have been reading somewhere that the canary values are stored ...
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Explaining a buffer overflow vulnerability in C

Given this C program: #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> int main(int argc, char **argv) { char buf[1024]; strcpy(buf, argv[1]); } Built with: gcc -m32 -z execstack prog.c -o ...