Arbitrary memory corruption in NCSS 07.1.21

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2011-10-01T00:00:00


                         Luigi Auriemma

Application: NCSS (aka NCSS 2007) Versions: <= 07.1.21 Platforms: Windows Bug: array overflow with write2 Exploitation: file Date: 28 Sep 2011 Author: Luigi Auriemma e-mail: web:

1) Introduction 2) Bug 3) The Code 4) Fix

=============== 1) Introduction ===============

From vendor's homepage: "NCSS has specialized in providing statistical analysis software to researchers, businesses, and academic institutions."

====== 2) Bug ======

Through the S0 files it's possible to exploit various array overflow vulnerabilities for writing the word 0xfffd in an arbitrary zone of the memory. The following is one of these bugs, from VCF132.dll:

1D044E91 |. 0FB750 06 ||MOVZX EDX,WORD PTR DS:[EAX+6] ; EDX controlled 1D044E95 |. 8B0491 ||MOV EAX,DWORD PTR DS:[ECX+EDX*4] 1D044E98 |. 8BCB ||MOV ECX,EBX 1D044E9A |. 66:C740 04 FDFF ||MOV WORD PTR DS:[EAX+4],0FFFD ; write2

For the other array overflows it's enough to search the 0xfffd constant and all the operations like the above one.

=========== 3) The Code ===========

the 16bit value for EDX is located at offset 0x8bd.

====== 4) Fix ======

No fix.

Luigi Auriemma