At the beginning of March I second time moved to Switzerland (because of my work at CERN). Before that I was working in Wroclaw Center for Networking and Supercomputing in security team. In the middle of one pentesting work me and my friends (Bartek Balcerek and Maciej Kotowicz) discovered very nice vulnerability in the TORQUE server.

TORQUE (Terascale Open-Source Resource and Queue Manager) is very common in any GRID projects – including GRID in European Organization for Nuclear Research aka CERN 🙂 By using this bug attacker are able to create dirty job and put it to the queue and server responsible for executing this job will be hacked. This is very dangerous situation from the infrastructure – in the easiest way noone else will be able to use GRID resources. In worst situation we are able to overtake control on the edge machine which can manipulate any other machine – of course server is running with the root privileges 😉

Here is advisory in full-disclosure list.

Here is backup on my server.


Best regards,

Adam Zabrocki




by pi3

Finally! After few months of waiting we’ve got Phrack number 67! For me this is special release. Why? My article was accepted by Phrack staff and published at this release 🙂 I’m proud of that 😉 For me Phrack magazine is a legend. I grown on this magazine, so my connection with this magazine is even stronger 😉

At first I would like to thanks blackb1rd. He helps me very much with this article. If not blackb1rd, this article will never exists at this form like it is now. You’ve got beer from me, whenever we meet 😉

OK. So what about this release? Personally I think this is very good release. There is many interesting articles (for me). I love trick with exploiting user space vulnerabilities in the years of Non Executable Memory, ASLR, SSP, … and other shits 😉 There is Heap, there is Format Strings, and of course stack (my article), there is …. ah 😉

From the news the chapter ‘loopback’ comes back 😉 The full table of content is:

 0x01  Introduction ....................................... Phrack Staff

 0x02  Phrack Prophile on punk ............................ Phrack Staff

 0x03  Phrack World News .................................. EL ZILCHO

 0x04  Loopback (is back) ................................. Phrack Staff

 0x05  How to make it in Prison ........................... TAp

 0x06  Kernel instrumentation using kprobes ............... ElfMaster

 0x07  ProFTPD with mod_sql pre-authentication ............ FelineMenace

 0x08  The House Of Lore: Reloaded ........................ blackngel

 0x09  A Eulogy for Format Strings ........................ Captain Planet

 0x0a  Dynamic Program Analysis and Software Exploitation . BSDaemon

 0x0b  Exploiting memory corruptions in Fortran programs .. Magma
       under UNIX/VMS

 0x0c  PHRACKERZ: Two Tales ............................... Antipeace
                                                            The Analog Kid

 0x0d  Scraps of notes on remote stack overflow ........... pi3

 0x0e  Notes Concerning the Security, Design and .......... The Philosopher
       Administration of Siemens DCO-CS Digital
       Switching Systems                                                

 0x0f  Hacking the mind for fun and profit ................ lvxferis

 0x10  International Scenes ............................... various

Pure content looks very interesting, so what is inside? 🙂 Go and read! Go Go GO!!! 🙂

Btw. As you see, my article is:

Scraps of notes on remote stack overflow

available here and backup on my site here.

Btw2. I’m waiting for feedback 😉


Best regards,

Adam Zabrocki

Yesterday (30 of April) I gave a lecture in WA (White Area) at CERN. I was talking about my new project (in fact Master of Degree thesis topic). This is automated testing tool which uses fuzzing technique. It can be used for generate CLI, API, Unit, Functionally, Regression, … , tests – in fact we can use it for all types of tests. Generated programs are independent from language. It can generate output program in JAVA, C, C++, Assembler, Python, Perl, C#, … languages – we can simply add new modules for add new languages.  To be more flexible, framework used Aspect-Oriented Programming  (AOP). First beta version of framework is published on CERN svn servers. It is integrated with DPM CLI tests and works pretty well 😉

In the future maybe I will publish some more details.

Btw. This project can be simply adapted for search vulnerabilities in software 😉

Best regards,

Adam Zabrocki



by pi3

One day I was reviewing all bugs in bugtraq IDs (popular bids). I want to know which kind of bugs is it now popular and what is the trend of modern bugs. I came to two main conclusions:

1) The most popular are SQL/XSS bugs but in 60% this is found in software which nobody knows/uses (stupid kiddie)

2) We’ve got 2010 year and there is still possible to find stack overflow bugs! The most funny thing for me there is more remote stack overflow bugs than local 🙂

Stack overflow bugs is one of the oldest class of software bugs which still exists – more-less 10% of all bugs ! Of course it isn’t 199x year that you can find it using regexpression for ‘grep’ program. So what is conclusion? Exploit stack overflow bugs is still interesting from attackers point of view. The question is “Is it still possible to exploit this class of bugs in modern UNIX systems in 2010 year?”. The answer for this question isn’t simple. Let’s do simple review of modern defence systems. We’ve got:

*) Non-exec memory (not only stack – almost every region where it is NOT necessary)
*) W^X – “Write XOR Exec” memory. It forbids memory with Write and Exec bits in the same time.
*) AAAS – ASCII Armored Address Space
*) ASLR – Address Space Layout Randomization
*) mmap() and mprotect() protections
*) Heap protections – like safe-unlink(), safe malloc() implementation (OpenBSD)
*) Random canary of death protections                       ——————————-|
*) frame pointer protection by canary of death                                                |
*) move all pointers to the beginning of the frame                                           |==>  pro-police
*) move all local byte arrays to the end of the frame                                       |        protection (SSP)
*) Vulnerable arguments copied to the local variables and then reordered—-|

We can bypass most of this protection but if it isn’t connected. Is there any possibilities to exploit in modern UNIX systems REMOTE stack overflow bugs with enabled ALL of this protections?! It sounds crazy… but STILL we CAN DO IT 🙂 I wrote simple server with remote stack overflow bug and EXPLOIT it. Proof Of Concept of course is private but I created a movie of exploiting. You can find it here:

We’ve got 2010 year and we can still exploit remote stack overflow bugs in modern UNIX systems 🙂 Amazing… but it could be that this techniques (yes it isn’t one technique which is used to exploit this bug) is the last opportunity to exploiting remote stack overflow bugs… OK so… have a nice watching 🙂

Best regards,

Adam Zabrocki



by pi3

More than year ago I was publish advisory in ‘mtr’ software. I think, personally, it is great bug because it can’t exist without unspecified situation in  libresolv library 🙂 The question is why have I written information about it on blog?

I forgot add this advisory in my site (sic!) 🙂 Now it’s ok and you can find this advisory here.

I attached to this advisory details and Proof Of Concept. If you haven’t read it yet i strongly recommend you to do it because it shows that sometimes if  we read source code we think bug doesn’t exists but sometimes other external stuff/bugs/unspecified situation help us to trigger and exploit unexisting bug 🙂

Here is link – once again:

Btw. In future I want to continue research about CPU bugs and probably it will cause news posts in this topic 🙂

Best regards,

Adam Zabrocki

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