When communicating online, we constantly use emoticons and put text in bold. Some of us encounter markdown on Telegram or GitHub, while forum-dwellers might be more familiar with BBCode.
All this is made possible by parsers, which find a special string (code/tag/character) in messages and convert it into beautiful text using HTML. And as we know, wherever there is HTML, there can be XSS.
This article reveals our novel technique for finding sanitization issues that could lead to XSS attacks. We show how to fuzz and detect issues in the HTML parsers with nested conditions. This technique allowed us to find a bunch of vulnerabilities in the popular products that no one had noticed before.
The technique was presented at Power Of Community 2021.
In this article we discuss a vulnerability in the trial version of WinRAR which has significant consequences for the management of third-party software. This vulnerability allows an attacker to intercept and modify requests sent to the user of the application. This can be used to achieve Remote Code Execution (RCE) on a victim’s computer. It has been assigned the CVE ID – CVE-2021-35052.
In February 2021, we had the opportunity to assess the HyperFlex HX platform from Cisco during a routine customer engagement. This resulted in the detection of three significant vulnerabilities. In this article we discuss our findings and will explain why they exist in the platform, how they can be exploited and the significance of these vulnerabilities.
The vulnerabilities discussed have been assigned CVE ID’s and considered in Cisco’s subsequent Security Advisories (1, 2). These are:
Last year our team had to analyze V8 bytecode. Back then, there were no tools in place to decompile such code and facilitate convenient navigation over it. We decided to try writing a processor module for the Ghidra framework. Thanks to the features of the language used to describe the output instructions, we obtained not only a readable set of instructions, but also a C-like decompiler. This article is a continuation of the series (1, 2) on our Ghidra plugin.
Several months went by between writing the processor module and this article. In this time, the SLEIGH specification remained unchanged, and the described module works on versions 9.1.2 – 9.2.2, which have been released during the last six months.
On ghidra.re and in the documentation distributed with Ghidra there is a fairly good description of the capabilities of the language. These materials are worth reading before writing your own modules. Preexisting processor modules by the framework’s developers might be excellent examples, especially if you know their architecture.
You can see in the documentation that the processor modules for Ghidra are written in SLEIGH, a language derived from the Specification Language for Encoding and Decoding (SLED), which was developed specifically for Ghidra. It translates machine code into p-code (the intermediate language that Ghidra uses to build decompiled code). As a language for describing processor instructions, it has a lot of limitations, although they can be reduced with the p-code injection mechanism implemented as Java code.
The source code of the new processor module is presented on github. This article will review the key concepts that are used in the development of the processor module using pure SLEIGH, with certain instructions as examples. Working with the constant pool, p-code injections, analyzer, and loader will be or have already been reviewed in other articles. Also you can read more about analyzers and loaders in The Ghidra Book: The Definitive Guide.
Have you ever wanted to find out how a program you often use, a game you play a lot, or the firmware of some realtime device actually works? If so, what you need is a disassembler. Better still, a decompiler. While things are pretty clear with x86–x64, Java, and Python, as there are plenty of disassemblers and decompilers to go around, with other languages, the situation is a little bit more complicated, and search engines will simply tell you ‘it can’t be done.’
It’s common knowledge that in 2019 the NSA decided to open source its reverse engineering framework known as Ghidra. Due to its versatility, it quickly became popular among security researchers. This article is one of many to come dedicated to covering the technical details of the ghidra_nodejs plugin for Ghidra, developed by our team. The plugin’s main job is to parse, disassemble and decompile NodeJS Bytenode (.jsc) binaries. The focus of this article is the V8 bytecode and the relevant source code entities. A brief description of the plugin is also provided, which will be expanded upon in greater detail in subsequent articles.
Our team searched for bugs in the source code of Cockpit, an open-source content management system. Here is the description of Cockpit from its official site:
Cockpit is a headless CMS with an API-first approach that puts content first. It is designed to simplify the process of publication by separating content management from content consumption on the client side.
Cockpit is focusing just on the back-end work to manage content. Rather than worry about delivery of content through pages, its goal is to provide structured content across different channels via a simple API.
While investigating the Cockpit source code, we discovered numerous vulnerabilities. Attackers could exploit them to take control of any user account and perform remote code execution.
In this article, I will talk about the technical details and demonstrate how these vulnerabilities can be exploited.
Since the PoC for the VMware vCenter RCE (CVE-2021-21972) is now readily available, we’re publishing our article covering all of the technical details.
In fall of 2020, I discovered couple vulnerabilities in the vSphere Client component of VMware vCenter. These vulnerabilities allowed non-authorized clients to execute arbitrary commands and send requests on behalf of the targeted server via various protocols:
Unauthorized file upload leading to remote code execution (RCE) (CVE-2021- 21972)
An unauthorized server-side request forgery (SSRF) vulnerabilities (CVE-2021-21973)
In this article, I will cover how I discovered the VMware vSphere client RCE vulnerability, divulge the technical details, and explain how it can be exploited on various platforms.
Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall (NGFW) is one of the leading enterprise firewalls used by companies around the world to protect against various cyber-attacks. It runs on its own operating system «PAN-OS».
In this article, we will analyze the vulnerabilities that lead to: