Exploit Writing Tutorials

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WoW64 Egghunter

Traditional Egghunter An Egghunter is nothing more than an assembly routine to find shellcode somewhere in memory. We typically deploy an Egghunter when there is no more room in our buffer that we can use to initially redirect EIP to. If we are able to load our shellcode elsewhere in process memory, the Egghunter will […]

mona.py – the manual

This document describes the various commands, functionality and behaviour of mona.py.

Released on june 16, this pycommand for Immunity Debugger replaces pvefindaddr, solving performance issues and offering numerous new features. pvefindaddr will still be available for download until all of its functionality has been ported over to mona.
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Universal DEP/ASLR bypass with msvcr71.dll and mona.py

Over the last few weeks, there has been some commotion about a universal DEP/ASLR bypass routine using ROP gadgets from msvcr71.dll (written by Immunity Inc) and the fact that it might have been copied into an exploit submitted to Metasploit as part of the Metasploit bounty.

I’m not going to make any statements about this, but the ROP routine itself looks pretty slick.
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Mona 1.0 released !

After spending almost 6 months of designing, developing and testing, and after ‘surviving’ 2 presentations (at AthCon and Hack In Paris), I am extremely excited and proud to present, on behalf of the entire Corelan Team, the general availability of mona.py.

With this announcement, we also declare pvefindaddr officially dead from this point forward. (This doesn’t mean pvefindaddr is now entirely worthless, because not all functions have been ported into mona yet, but we won’t be releasing any updates to pvefindaddr anymore and the entire project page/download page will eventually disappear)
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Hack Notes : Ropping eggs for breakfast

Introduction I think we all agree that bypassing DEP (and ASLR) is no longer a luxury today. As operating systems (such as Windows 7) continue to gain popularity, exploit developers are forced to deal with increasingly more memory protection mechanisms, including DEP and ASLR. From a defense perspective, this is a good thing. But we […]

Hack Notes : ROP retn+offset and impact on stack setup

Yesterday, sickn3ss (one of the frequent visitors of the #corelan channel on freenode IRC) posted a really interesting question. The question While testing ROP gadgets, as part of the process of building a DEP bypass exploit for WM Downloader, he wanted to know if there is a way to predict the required padding needed to […]

Exploit notes – win32 eggs-to-omelet

In article 8 of my exploit writing series, I have introduced the concept of egg hunters, and explained what an omelet hunter is and how it works. Today, I want to share with you my own eggs-to-omelet implementation, explain how it works, and how you can use it in a standalone exploit or in a […]

Exploit writing tutorial part 10 : Chaining DEP with ROP – the Rubik’s[TM] Cube

About 3 months after finishing my previous exploit writing related tutorial, I finally found some time and fresh energy to start writing a new article.
In the previous tutorials, I have explained the basics of stack based overflows and how they can lead to arbitrary code execution. I discussed direct RET overflows, SEH based exploits, Unicode and other character restrictions, the use of debugger plugins to speed up exploit development, how to bypass common memory protection mechanisms and how to write your own shellcode.
While the first tutorials were really written to learn the basics about exploit development, starting from scratch (targeting people without any knowledge about exploit development) you have most likely discovered that the more recent tutorials continue to build on those basics and require solid knowledge of asm, creative thinking, and some experience with exploit writing in general.
Today’s tutorial is no different. I will continue to build upon everything we have seen and learned in the previous tutorials. Today I will talk about ROP and how it can be used to bypass DEP (and ASLR)…
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Exploiting Ken Ward Zipper : Taking advantage of payload conversion

In the article I wrote on the abysssec.com website, I explained the steps and techniques needed to build a working exploit for Ken Ward’s zipper. One of the main difficulties I had to overcome when building the exploit, was the character set limitation. I basically could only use a subset of the ascii characters (only […]

QuickZip Stack BOF 0day: a box of chocolates

Over the last couple of weeks, ever since I published 2 articles on the Offensive Blog, I have received many requests from people asking me if they could get a copy of those articles in pdf format. My blog does not include a pdf generator, but it has a “print” button, so you can get […]

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