This Week In Security: GTA, Apple And Android, And Insecure Boot

When we 1st saw tweets about a protection concern in Grand Theft Vehicle V, it sounded a little bit like a troll. “Press ‘alt and f4’ to unlock a cheat mode”, or the hacker that claims to be ready to delete your character. [Tez2]’s warning tweet that you should not participate in GTA On the web with no a firewall sounds like one more of these on the web city legends. But this a person actually appears to be legit. NIST is even in on the enjoyable, assigning CVE-2023-24059 for the exploit.

When participating in an on-line recreation, other end users send out a “join request” to be a part of the active session. This packets can contain malformed information which has been noticed to crash the match shopper remotely. It is considered, although not publicly verified, that it’s also a Distant Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability. It appears to be probably that this facet will be added to some of the a variety of cheat panels that are previously greatly utilized for this 10-yr-outdated video game. So now, rather than just supplying your possess character infinite ammo and well being, you can inflict some havoc on other gamers, potentially up to corrupting their character data files and finding them banned.

But why halt there? If we have code execution inside the activity, what stops an additional participant from launching a authentic attack? A movie match isn’t sandboxed like a browser, and there is absolutely nothing stopping a disk wiper attack or even a worm from compromising a bunch of gamers. The worst aspect is that it’s an old match, and even however there is a significant playerbase, it is not certain to get a fix. There is at minimum just one project aiming to be a firewall to avert the difficulty.

XNU’s 19 and 20 12 months previous Bugs

[Adam Doupé] would seem to have a knack for locating outdated bugs in Apple’s code, and this time it’s a pair of really aged flaws in Apple’s kernel, XNU. The to start with is an issue in dlil.c, the community interface handler. This difficulty is a variety casting mistake, in which an int is cast to a uint_16. If that solid overflows, the benefit turns into a massive destructive number, and the subsequent details publish underflows the buffer and writes out-of-bounds. The method to induce this one particular is a little bit tricky, as it needs building 65536 community interfaces.

There are two techniques to triggering that problem. The to start with is the easiest, a small script managing as root, that calls ifconfig repeatedly to create the interfaces. Although that could be fascinating as aspect of an exploit chain, the additional intriguing thought is to make a malicious USB dongle that provides itself as various community interfaces. The relaxation of the article is [Adam]’s attempt to switch the underflow into an exploit. He did not quite pull it off, but it seems to be like it is possible.

The second bug is even older, a 20 year previous flaw in XNU’s ndrv.c, the raw socket handler. It’s an edge case wherever a joined list with two members get improperly walked, a single of the record associates is freed, but the parent merchandise even now consists of a pointer to the now-freed memory. Both of those bugs have now been fastened in the most current iOS and macOS releases.

Android (ARM) Also

Android isn’t one particular to be left out, with a excellent writeup from [Man Yue Mo] of Github Protection Lab, about a problem in the Arm Mali GPU delivered as component of Pixel 6 equipment. With terrific irony, we are instructed of how the 1 non-Google ingredient in the all-Google cellular phone led to kernel-house exploitation from inside an application. Especially, it’s the driver for that GPU, and how it handles JIT memory, which is memory segments that are managed by the kernel, and accessed by userspace and right by the GPU. And as you could be expecting, having a few distinctive factors accessing memory at when can cause difficulties.

In this scenario, the dilemma is how eviction is dealt with. People chunks of memory get processed, and then can be returned to the cost-free retail outlet. A functionality optimization by the driver is to hold memory buffers “warm”, not truly inquiring the kernel to free them, and skipping the allocation method when the upcoming ask for is necessary. The issue is that memory in this limbo state is deemed “evictable”, and the kernel can totally free all those regions without doing so by the GPU driver. This depart the process in an odd condition exactly where the GPU driver and userspace nevertheless have legitimate pointers to a memory locale, but the kernel has marked it cost-free. The genuine entertaining starts when the freed memory area is claimed by an attacking method, and a bogus JIT object put in its put. By some intelligent memory manipulation, this can be leveraged to deliver a userspace mapping of kernel code, which can then be examine and composed. And the most straightforward phase from there is to just modify the userspace software, making it operate as root.

It is a intelligent discover, but what actually stands out is the issue with finding it fastened. This was documented to Android engineers in July of 2022, and a few months later on the report was closed as a “Won’t fix” difficulty. There is a respectable stage listed here, that it’s not Android code that incorporates the trouble, and this essential to be fastened in the ARM driver. ARM issued an update that fastened the difficulty fewer than three months afterwards, in August of 2022. A coordinated disclosure was scheduled with ARM for November, but it appears the Android engineers fully dropped the bug, and waited til the January update to finally ship the patch to Android people. And when it finally came, it was tracked as a different bug entirely, meaning the first report was shut and overlooked about. It’s a bit disheartening to see Google demonstrate this sort of a flippant mind-set towards a vulnerability of this severity, on their own merchandise.

KSMBD All over again

It’s commencing to glance like a negative notion to place the Server Message Block Daemon driver in the Linux kernel, as we have a different pre-auth integer underflow top to denial of services. Researchers at Sysdig observed the flaw this time, investigating primarily based on the former ZDI-22-1690, which was a a lot more really serious RCE in the exact kernel module. This one particular is a bit various from other integer underflows we’ve looked at. The wrap-all around mother nature of integers alternatively will save this vulnerability from staying a additional critical a person.

The real problem is that all through SMB authentication, the info composition from the remote consumer is made up of a pair of duration values, which are utilised to parse the incoming authentication information. It is clear that these values are not implicitly reliable, and some superior mistake checking is carried out to protect against a trivial buffer overflow. The situation that journeys us up is when nt_len is considerably less than CIFS_ENCPWD_Size, and the ensuing worth is adverse. When this damaging integer is solid to the unsigned dimension_t in a memcpy() call, the unfavorable integer is “unwrapped” to a just about max-benefit dimensions_t. The memory copy purpose will attempt the instruction, but this is a fairly uncontrolled operation, and ultimately reaches inaccessible memory, and panics the kernel. So much there does not seem to be a way to change this particular flaw into a legitimate RCE. And aside from, just after this quite a few several years, definitely every person appreciates not to expose an SMB company to untrusted buyers, ideal?

Insecure Boot

Although Secure Boot hasn’t rather verified to be the dystopian Computer system lock-in that some of us feared, it is continue to often a suffering to deal with while making an attempt to repair a thing on a damaged machine. Want a customized boot disk to operate a resource? Yep, time to disable secure boot. But there’s a couple cases in which it is practical, like stopping boot malware from finding a toe-keep in an encrypted procedure. There is it’s possible anything to be explained for a regarded amount like protected boot.

Which is why it’s a little bit odd to discover that MSI decided to compromise it en masse on their desktop motherboards in a firmware update pushed out very last January. And do notice, MSI did not change off secure boot. Look at the firmware settings, or operate mokutil --sb-condition, and these machines would fortunately advise you that Secure Boot was however enabled. But an obscure firmware environment, “Image Execution Policy” is established to “Always Execute” — so Safe Boot would even now check out the signature on the boot stack, and then boot it regardless of what was uncovered. I’ll just estimate the discoverer, [Dawid Potocki]’s summary: “Don’t trust that whichever security features you enabled are performing, Exam THEM!”

QT’s RCE Vulnerability Bug

The QT suite has an difficulty, in which Javascript embedded in QML (Qt Modeling Language) code could cause 1 of two memory handling problems, and obtain RCE. There is a bit of disagreement involving Cisco Talos and QT, as to regardless of whether this is a simple bug, or security vulnerability. QML code is explicitly supposed to be user interface code for applications, and should under no circumstances execute untrusted code. In simple fact, in accordance to QT, the safety vulnerability would be any “application that is passing untrusted input to QtQml”.

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