I am trying to call a dead function using buffer overflow. The binary is compiled on a 64-bit system with -fno-stack-protector and -no-pie. ASLR is turned off.

Here is the code:


void clandestine(){
    char soul[] = "\x9\x19\xe\x1d\x2\x1f\x12\x66\x2\x18\x66\x1f\x3\xe\x66\x18\x4\x1e\x7\x66\x4\xd\x66\x1c\x2\x1f";
    puts("Did you find this?");

    char temp = 'K';
    int i = 0;

        soul[i] = soul[i] ^ temp;

void start(char *arg)

  char buffer [50]; 

int main(int argc,char **argv)

  return 0;

In this case I am trying to call clandestine function.

The disassembly for start is this:

Disassembly for function "start"

RDI register is populated with $rbp-0x40 which means that I will need 64 bytes to reach the RBP register followed by 8 bytes to corrupt the RBP and then the address of clandestine function. Here is the disassembly of clandestine function(ignore the difference in address)

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address of clandestine

So my payload looks like this:

perl -e 'print "A"x72;print "\x42\x11\x40"'

When I run the source with this payload, I do hit clandestine function but I am not able to get my code flow past the puts statement.

Here is the output on running the binary with the above-mentioned payload:

Output on running the binary with the above-mentioned payload

Why does the execution stop after the puts call? I tried adding another puts call and it worked fine. In fact, I also tried replacing the RIP register with the address of the clandestine function within GDB and it works perfectly fine and I am able to see the string printed using the while loop.

Output when I replace modify the RIP register within GDB

Why does the execution stop after puts when I try to overflow the binary with my payload?

  • Sorry, but the clandestine disassembly provided not only seems to be 32 bit and use different order of parameters, which hurts my brain, but also does not correspond to the code? – Peter Harmann Apr 29 at 18:22
  • @PeterHarmann I added the 64-bit code. I was trying to run the code in 32 bit and see if it makes any difference. But it did not. I also change the optimization level to 0. Did not make any difference. – pankul garg Apr 29 at 18:28
  • I found something very weird though, adding a puts(""); after the while loop prints everything that the putchar was supposed to print as well. I am not able to understand why this happens. – pankul garg Apr 29 at 18:29
  • Of course. Add flush() at the end I guess. The program likely crashes on the malformed stack after clandestine() returns but the text is still in buffer, as putchar() uses buffer if I am not mistaken. – Peter Harmann Apr 29 at 18:31
  • I used a fflush(stdout) after the while, I still don't see the anything after "Did you find this?" – pankul garg Apr 29 at 19:04

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