voidsec2024-02-21T19:05:47+01:00Recently, a threat actor (TA) known as SpyBot posted a tool, on a Russian hacking forum, that can terminate any antivirus/Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR/XDR) software. IMHO, all the hype behind this announcement was utterly unjustified as it is just another instance of the well-known Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attack technique: where a legitimate signed driver is dropped on victims’ machine and later used to disable security solutions and/or deliver additional payloads.
This technique requires administrative privileges and User...
Windows Exploitation Challenge – Blue Frost Security 2022 (Ekoparty)
voidsec2023-06-14T17:52:49+02:00Last month, during Ekoparty, Blue Frost Security published a Windows challenge. Since having a Windows exploitation challenge, is one of a kind in CTFs, and since I've found the challenge interesting and very clever, I've decided to post about my reverse engineering and exploitation methodology.
Only Python solutions without external libraries will be accepted
The goal is to execute the Windows Calculator (calc.exe)
The solution should work on Windows 10 or Windows 11
Process continuation is desirable (not mandatory)
voidsec2023-06-14T18:08:54+02:00In case you're wondering why I'm not posting as regularly as before, with the new year, I've finally transitioned into a fully offensive vulnerability research and exploit development role at Exodus Intelligence that fulfilled my career dream (BTW, we're currently hiring). In the last couple of months, I've worked on some exciting and challenging bugs. Hopefully, these bugs will be featured on my blog post as soon as I am allowed to share them and after the vendors issue a...
voidsec2023-06-14T18:11:22+02:00With this blog post I’d like to sum up my year-long Windows Drivers research; share and detail my own methodology for reverse engineering (WDM) Windows drivers, finding some possible vulnerable code paths as well as understanding their exploitability. I've tried to make it as "noob-friendly" as possible, documenting all the steps I usually perform during my research and including a bonus exercise for the readers.
Setting up the lab
While in the past, setting up a lab for kernel debugging was a...
voidsec2022-01-14T08:55:49+01:00As part of my continuous security research journey, during this year I’ve spent a good amount of time reverse-engineering Windows drivers and exploiting kernel-mode related vulnerabilities.
While in the past there were (as far as I know), at least two good IDA plugins aiding in the reverse engineering process:
DriverBuddy of NCC Group.
win_driver_plugin of F-Secure.
unfortunately, nowadays, they are both rusty, out of date and broken on the latest version of IDA. They relied on external dependencies, were lacking documentation and...
Crucial Ballistix MOD Utility is a software product that can be used to customize and control gaming systems, specifically LED colours and patterns, memory, temperature, and overclock.
During my vulnerability research, I’ve discovered that this software utilizes a driver, MODAPI.sys, containing multiple vulnerabilities and allowing an attacker to achieve local privilege escalation from a low privileged user to NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.
This blog post is a re-post of the original article “Crucial’s MOD Utility LPE” that I have written for Yarix on YLabs.
Root Cause Analysis of a Printer’s Drivers Vulnerability CVE-2021-3438
voidsec2022-01-14T08:58:25+01:00Last week SentinelOne disclosed a "high severity" flaw in HP, Samsung, and Xerox printer's drivers (CVE-2021-3438); the blog post highlighted a vulnerable strncpy operation with a user-controllable size parameter but it did not explain the reverse engineering nor the exploitation phase of the issue. With this blog post, I would like to analyse the vulnerability and its exploitability.
This blog post is a re-post of the original article “Root Cause Analysis of a Printer's Driver Vulnerability” that I have written for...
voidsec2022-01-17T14:21:37+01:00The analysed sample is a malware employed by the Threat Actor known as Ragnarok. The ransomware is responsible for files’ encryption and it is typically executed, by the actors themselves, on the compromised machines. The name of the analysed executable is xs_high.exe, but others have been found used by the same ransomware family (such as xs_normal.exe and xs_remote.exe).
The configuration within the malware contains information regarding the encryption activities, from whitelisted countries to the contents of the ransom note. It is...
voidsec2022-01-14T09:00:18+01:00Last month we (last & VoidSec) took the amazing Windows Kernel Exploitation Advanced course from Ashfaq Ansari (@HackSysTeam) at NULLCON. The course was very interesting and covered core kernel space concepts as well as advanced mitigation bypasses and exploitation. There was also a nice CTF and its last exercise was: “Write an exploit for System Mechanics”; no further hints were given.
We took the challenge as that was a good time to test our newly acquired knowledge and understanding of the...
This blog post is a re-post of the original article “Fuzzing: FastStone Image Viewer & CVE-2021-26236” that I have written for Yarix on YLabs.
In my precedent blog post I’ve introduced “fuzzing” from a theoretical point of view. As I’ve previously anticipated, today I’m going to disclose the fuzzing methodology, process and samples that led me to discover five different vulnerabilities in FastStone Image Viewer v.<=7.5. I’ll also go over the root cause analysis of CVE-2021-26236 and how to achieve Arbitrary...