CrossCTF Finals 2018 : FTLOG (Pwn)

First Blood by : OSI Layer 8

nc 4004

Hint: The raspberry Pis might come in handy but you can look at using qemu too.

Creator - amon (@nn_amon)

Static Analysis

Running file ftlog gives:

ftlog: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, ARM, EABI5 version 1 (SYSV), statically linked, for GNU/Linux 3.2.0, BuildID[sha1]=c3d8b29303d27686f7190bf2e3d88fc857517a3b, not stripped

The binary is ARM, so I expected it to be hard to run/debug the program locally. Luckily, pwntools can emulate other architectures using qemu, so at the very least we can run the challenge locally.

The code for the challenge is as follows:

int __cdecl main(int argc, const char **argv, const char **envp)
  void (__fastcall *v3)(int); // ST00_4
  int v4; // r0

  puts(&art, argv, envp);
  v3 = (void (__fastcall *)(int))malloc(512);
  mprotect(v3, 512, 7);
  v4 = read(0, v3, 512);
  return 0;

The prints out some art, then allocates memory and marks it as executable (mprotect(v3, 512, 7) => mprotect(memory, memory_size, PROT_READ | PROT_WRITE | PROT_EXEC)). Then, it reads in some input to the memory and executes our input. In other words, this is a simple shellcode challenge, but for ARM.


The solution is to simply send in some ARM shellcode to spawn shell, then interact with it.

Solution code in here

P.S. I still have no idea what the YouTube link is for