Everybody has heard of software vulnerabilities and that functions like 'printf' are outlaw. But it's one thing to know that you'd better not use these functions, and quite the other to understand why. In this article, I will describe two classic software vulnerabilities related to 'printf'.
This can be utilized in Uncontrolled format string exploits.
Custom format placeholders[ edit ] There are a few implementations of printf-like functions that allow extensions to the escape-character -based mini-languagethus allowing the programmer to have a specific formatting function for non-builtin types. However, it is rarely used due to the fact that it conflicts with static format string checking.
Another is Vstr custom formatterswhich allows adding multi-character format names. Vulnerabilities[ edit ] Invalid conversion specifications[ edit ] If the syntax of a conversion specification is invalid, behavior is undefined, and can cause program termination.
If there are too few function arguments provided to supply values for all the conversion specifications in the template string, or if the arguments are not of the correct types, the results are also undefined.
Excess arguments are ignored. In a number of cases, the undefined behavior has led to " Format string attack " security vulnerabilities. Some compilers, like the GNU Compiler Collectionwill statically check the format strings of printf-like functions and warn about problems when using the flags -Wall or -Wformat.
Loss of field separation can easily lead to corrupt output. In systems which encourage the use of programs as building blocks in scripts, such corrupt data can often be forwarded into and corrupt further processing, regardless of whether the original programmer expected the output would only be read by human eyes.
First find out how many %x’s it takes to get back to the start of the format string (to targetAdd) then try to do the attack 2. To write to a memory address, have two targetAdd’s separated with a dummy word.
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