In computer security, a shellcode is a small piece of code used as the payload in the exploitation of a software vulnerability. It is called "shellcode" because it typically starts a command shell from which the attacker can control the compromised machine, but any piece of code that performs a ...

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How do ASLR and DEP work?

How do Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) work, in terms of preventing vulnerabilities from being exploited? Can they be bypassed?
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Is it possible to write shellcode in C++?

Usually I write assembly programs and then dump their contents to get the shellcode. What I was wondering is whether I could write a C++ program instead of assembly, then dump and use that instead of ...
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PHP malware/shell keeps resurrecting [duplicate]

So I've been fighting this problem for months now and decided that it's beyond my limited (if at all) server skills, and that I need help from the pros. I have a VPS (with root access) which hosts ...
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Could someone explain parts of the FBI's Firefox 0-day?

Here is the full Javascript (and related iframes) that the FBI apparently injected into all "Freedom Hosting" pages in the course of their recent takedown. http://pastebin.mozilla.org/2776374 The ...
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How “leaking pointers” to bypass DEP/ASLR works

I was wondering if anyone could give me some clues on how "leaking pointers" to bypass DEP/ASLR work. I read here: The only way to reliably bypass DEP and ASLR is through an pointer leak. This ...
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NOPS in Metasploit

Problem I do not know what a "NOP" is in Metasploit Framework or otherwise. What I do know Metasploit Unleashed says, "Nops keep the payload sizes consistent." A few question posts mention buffer ...
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Better way to import Win32 APIs from injected shellcode

I'm injecting native x86 code into a .NET application, via a TLS callback in the binary image. Unfortunately, .NET executables only import mscorlib.dll within the PE, and have kernel32.dll mapped ...
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How does getting a remote shell via exploiting a vulnerability really work?

I can understand what a buffer overflow is and that it allows you to write in places of the memory that you shouldn't be able to. I can also grasp the concept that there may be other software ...
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What methodologies are useful when reverse-engineering malware / shellcode?

Whilst I'm familiar with reverse engineering techniques from a technical standpoint, I've never found a good methodology for approaching and dissecting malware / shellcode. I've found hundreds of ...
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Buffer overflow stack adjustment

I am quite new to buffer overflows and I am practicing right now different types of buffer overflow attacks. the shellcode was not executed until it was padded with NOPs although its set properly in ...
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Stack canaries protection and ROP

As far as I know stack canaries are values written on the stack that, if overwritten by a buffer overflow, force the application to close at return. My question is: if I overwrite both EIP and stack ...
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Do I always have to overwrite EIP to get to write on the stack in a buffer overflow?

Do I always have to overwrite EIP to get to write on the stack in a buffer overflow? How's the memory organized? I can't find a proper graph with google
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ASLR and how a program can actually call its functions

I'm studying protection techniques and I've got a doubt about how ASLR works for a program in a Windows environment. As far as I know ASLR works by randomizing part of the imagebase address when ...
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Is writing shellcode still a valid skill to have/learn?

Following up from this question: Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more? I am a it sec researcher and also security course instructor. Recently questions have been raised about the ...
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NX bit causes segfault on NOP slide?

doing an assignment for university. We have to exec a shell on a remote server. We're told the NX bit is not set, however, when we redirect to our injected code, the server has a segmentation fault. ...
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Are there any tools that focus on shellcode analysis?

Shellcode presents certain challenges for disassembly. It often self-modifies, jumps to the stack (where the shellcode will likely be placed), and relies on certain unusual tricks that standard ...
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Program getting exploited inside gdb, new shell is spawned but terminated immediately

I am trying to exploit a SUID program. The program is: #include <stdlib.h> #include <unistd.h> #include <string.h> #include <stdio.h> #define e(); if(((unsigned int)ptr ...
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Decrypt Java Payload

I found some destructive activity on my JBoss server and after a lot of google searching I found this exploit https://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/36575/ . I know the attacker uses this exploit to ...
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msfvenom -b flag not working?

When using msfvenom, I am under the assumption that the following syntax should give me shellcode without \x00 \x0a \x0d or \x40, because of the -b option msfvenom -p windows/shell/bind_tcp -b ...
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How to determine the size of payloads available in MetaSploit

I've noticed that there are a lot of different payloads to choose from in MetaSploit, and the choice (assuming there's enough room in the target) usually depends on what you're trying to do. However, ...
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Stack smashing keep getting segmentation fault

I have a homework assignment to do stack smashing, The exploit code creates a badfile in which the vulnerable file reads and buffer over flow occurs. I have already did the 2 commands below to ...
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Shellcode that is smaller than 295 bytes that spawns a shell [closed]

Metasploit payloads produce more than 300-byte shellcodes. But I want my shell-spawning shellcodes to be less than 295 bytes. Can anyone show me the links to these shellcodes? Thanks.
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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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Prevent shell script inside image file

Recently, one of my website was hacked by someone who uploaded an image (shell.gif) to my server. I have put server side validation to check file extension + mime type of the image. However, they are ...
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PHP shellcode inside /tmp. Is the server compromised?

I have a Debian 7 VPS that runs Nginx, PHP5-FPM and MariaDB. This server runs a couple of WordPress installations, phpMyAdmin and Roundcube Webmail. One is my personal blog running WP 3.9.1 and ...
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SafeSEH and x64

I read here that /SAFESEH is only valid when linking for x86 targets. /SAFESEH is not supported for platforms that already have the exception handlers noted. For example, on x64 and Itanium, ...
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What tricks can be used to prevent debugging?

What tricks can be used to prevent or hinder debugging? Examples: IsDebuggerPresent API on Windows Exception handlers used for program flow. GetTickCount / rdtsc checks. Are there any good ...
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Removing null bytes from shell code

I am learning the basics of shell coding so that I can learn to exploit buffer overflows. The problem is, the example byte code that I wrote contains null bytes. Here is the example: xor ...
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How to achieve interactive shell attack?

Usually when a person gets a shell by attacking some vulnerabilities, what a person gets is non-interactive shell. So when I call FTP interactive client, shell fails. Is there any way I can do ...
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Are stack buffer overflows even possible in this instance?

Let's say there is a C program that simply takes a string argv[1] and uses sprintf to copy it in a finite buffer. Classic stack buffer overflow. Let's even say the program is more complicated, ...
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Clamav can't detect encoded virus files

I have a PHP sheller file (like c99 file) but it's Encoded ( with this functions: eval(gzinflate(base64_decode("7P3rehblahblah)) ) and the clamav virus scan can't detect it. How i can detect virus ...
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How to deal with MySQL's Errcode 13 when trying to write a shell

My attack machine is running Kali and the server is running CentOS 6.4 with DVWA. I'm trying to write a shell through an SQL injection. The payload is ' UNION SELECT '', '<?PHP ...
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Detect blocked reverse shell

I am wondering if there is a way to detect if a reverse shell is blocked by egress filtering or an obligatory proxy, or the exploit just failed. I am asking this question in the context of a SE media ...
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Code Vulnerability in Shell script

I was given an assignment for my Computer Security class. We we were given a piece of code to analyze and determine the vulnerabilities that it might have. #!/bin/sh # shell script to create a copy ...
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How do arbitrary payloads execute on the remote machine?

I understand executing something like a reverse TCP bind via shell relies on resources being available on the victim machine... and in the case of running a, shall we say, Ruby script from the command ...
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What are the privileges of shell spawn by a shellcode?

After I see some examples of shellcodes in various exploit examples they try to spawn a shell. I want to understand why after spawn the shell have privileged access? Doesn't the shell should ...
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Metasploit generating strange shellcode

So I just used metasploit to generate the payload/linux/x86/shell_bind_tcp payload without null bytes (generate -t raw -b '\x00' -f shellcode). Here's the shellcode: $ xxd -p shellcode ...
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Possible shellcode mailed to me

When I opened my email this morning I found a rather odd message in my mail box. It didn't seem like your every day spam email as it looked like a base64 encoded string and nothing else. Here is a ...
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MySQL vs MSSQL injection to shell uploading

What is the difference between uploading a shell via sqli in mysql vs mssql?
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Program exiting after executing int 0x80 instruction when running shellcode

In school I was given an assignment to perform a buffer overflow, which would execute some shellcode and open a new shell. After a bit of fiddling the buffer overflow succeeded, and when I ran the ...
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Documentation on Meterpreter Shells

I've been looking for some decent documentation on Meterpreter shells, but I can't seem to find anything useful. I would like to know when to use what kind of shell for a certain situation. All I ...
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How to deny shell execution in all sub-directories?

I want nginx to deny users who have folders inside /webroot/uploads e.g. /webroot/uploads/user1 /webroot/uploads/user2 /webroot/uploads/user999 to execute any shell (php, pl, py, binary). The ...
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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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What exactly is shellcode? [closed]

What is shellcode and how does it work? I used to think it was just a binary string encoded with hex, but I recently started reading more and it seems it is something completely different. I know it ...
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unable to execute shellcode,which is place on stack [duplicate]

I am trying to execute the shellcode to spawn an "sh" shell. I have taken shellcode as command line arguement,copied it to stack and tried to overwrite the return address of main function with the ...
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Stack buffer overflow confusion

I am trying to dig deeper into the nuts and bolts a stack buffer overflow using the classical NOP-sled technique. Reading some articles and watching videos brought me to a confusion which can be ...
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Does filtering HTML syntax prevent a web shell from being dropped through a textbox? [closed]

I have an admin panel that is running off a mysql db. On that panel, I have text boxes that allow an "Admin" to input plain text OR HTML Styling that will be displayed on a section of the site that is ...
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Are shell scripts / bash inherently less secure than other (script) languages such as python?

Are shell scripts / bash suitable for any kind of task as long as the developer(s) write correct, security bug free scripts? Or are shell scripts / bash less advisable for some tasks such as parsing ...
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Which shell is more secure, mksh or bash?

Which shell is more secure, mksh or bash? There has been some discussion pointing into the direction, that mksh is more secure. How to come to that conclusion? By looking which code was more audited ...
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Safe to use setuid with absolutely no input?

I have a shell script which syncs some files from a remote source and I have a pretty typical HTTP server set-up. There is a user who owns the files served by the HTTP server and a user which runs the ...