Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ETERNALBLUE: Exploit Analysis and Port to Microsoft Windows 10

The whitepaper for the research done on ETERNALBLUE by @JennaMagius and I has been completed.

Be sure to check the bibliography for other great writeups of the pool grooming and overflow process. This paper breaks some new ground by explaining the execution chain after the memory corrupting overwrite is complete.

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r5hjrtgher pointed out the vulnerable code section did not appear accurate. Upon further investigation, we discovered this was correct. The confusion was because unlike the version of Windows Server 2008 we originally reversed, on Windows 10 the Srv!SrvOs2FeaListSizeToNt function was inlined inside Srv!SrvOs2FeaListToNt. We saw a similar code path and hastily concluded it was the vulnerable one. Narrowing the exact location was not necessary to port the exploit.

Here is the correct vulnerable code path for Windows 10 version 1511:

How the vulnerability was patched with MS17-010:

The 16-bit registers were replaced with 32-bit versions, to prevent the mathematical miscalculation leading to buffer overflow.

Minor note: there was also extra assembly and mitigations added in the code paths leading to this.

To all the foreign intelligence agencies trying to spear phish I've already deleted all my data! :tinfoil:


  1. @JennaMagius and [me]...
    -Anonymous Dad

  2. Thanks.
    Good and informative.