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[CORE-2013-0805] Aloaha PDF Suite Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Aug 28 2013 07:50PM
CORE Advisories Team (advisories coresecurity com)
Core Security - Corelabs Advisory
Aloaha PDF Suite Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
1. *Advisory Information*
Title: Aloaha PDF Suite Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Advisory ID: CORE-2013-0805
Date published: 2013-08-28
Date of last update: 2013-08-28
Vendors contacted: Aloaha Software
Release mode: User release
2. *Vulnerability Information*
Class: Buffer overflow [CWE-119]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
CVE Name: CVE-2013-4978
3. *Vulnerability Description*
Aloaha PDF Suite ,  is prone to a security vulnerability when
processing PDF files. This vulnerability could be exploited by a remote
attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target machine by enticing
Aloaha users to open a specially crafted PDF file.
4. *Vulnerable Packages*
. AloahaPDFViewer v184.108.40.206.
. Older versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.
5. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*
There was no official answer from Aloaha after several attempts to
report this vulnerability (see [Sec. 8]). As mitigation action, given
that this is a client-side vulnerability, avoid to open untrusted PDF
files. Contact vendor for further information.
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Marcos Accossatto
from CORE Exploit Writers Team.
7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*
Below is shown the result of opening the maliciously crafted PDF file :
$+B6BB8 >|> 8B07 |MOV EAX,DWORD PTR DS:[EDI]
$+B6BBA >|. C740 14 1E000000 |MOV DWORD PTR DS:[EAX+14],1E ; <
Exception - Tries to write to 909090A4
$+B6BC1 >|. 8B5424 04 |MOV EDX,DWORD PTR SS:[ESP+4]
$+B6BC5 >|. 8950 18 |MOV DWORD PTR DS:[EAX+18],EDX
$+B6BC8 >|. 8BC7 |MOV EAX,EDI
$+B6BCA >|. 8B10 |MOV EDX,DWORD PTR DS:[EAX]
At that time, the registers 'EDX', 'EBX', 'EBP' and 'EDI' points to the
shellcode; the 'EAX' register contains the first 'DWORD' of our shellcode:
EDX 0012DD44 ASCII "DDDDDDDDDDDDDD..."
EBX 051ACFF1 ASCII "DDDDDDDDDDDDDD..."
EBP 0012DC54 ASCII "DDDDDDDDDDDDDD..."
C 0 ES 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
P 1 CS 001B 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
A 0 SS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
Z 0 DS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
S 0 FS 003B 32bit 7FFDF000(FFF)
T 0 GS 0000 NULL
O 0 LastErr ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY (00000008)
EFL 00000206 (NO,NB,NE,A,NS,PE,GE,G)
ST0 empty 16312.144994243513790
ST1 empty 3869.8214873218676080
ST2 empty -0.0
ST3 empty -0.0
ST4 empty 1.0000000000000000000
ST5 empty 4.3980465111040000000e+12
ST6 empty 5.3078580233502760000e+15
ST7 empty 5.0609752291423027300e+17
3 2 1 0 E S P U O Z D I
FST 0020 Cond 0 0 0 0 Err 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 (GT)
FCW 037F Prec NEAR,64 Mask 1 1 1 1 1 1
The stack's exception handler is overwritten with:
0012DB60 909006EB Pointer to next SEH record
0012DB64 1106D8A0 SE handler
In the address '1106D8A0' of 'AloahaTranslator.dll' we have:
1106D8A0 . 83C4 14 ADD ESP,14
1106D8A3 . C3 RETN
and the stack:
$ ==> > 7C9032A8 RETURN to ntdll.7C9032A8
$+4 > 0012D704
$+8 > 0012DB60
$+C > 0012D720
$+10 > 0012D6D8
$+14 > 0012DB60 Pointer to next SEH record
So, the 'RETN' of '1106D8A3' will jump to '12DB60' (the stack) where our
shellcode is located:
0012DB60 EB 06 JMP SHORT 0012DB68
0012DB62 90 NOP
0012DB63 90 NOP
0012DB64 A0 D8061190 MOV AL,BYTE PTR DS:[901106D8]
0012DB69 90 NOP
which means the normal execution flow can be altered in order to execute
8. *Report Timeline*
Core Security Technologies notifies the Aloaha team of the
vulnerability. Publication date is set for Aug 27th, 2013.
Vendor asks for a report with technical information.
Technical details and proof of concept sent to Aloaha team.
Core asks for a status update and notifies the advisory publication was
scheduled for Aug 27th. No reply received.
Core attempts to contact vendor.
Core attempts to contact vendor.
Release date missed.
After 3 attempts to contact vendor, the advisory CORE-2013-0805 is
published as 'user release'.
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