Wednesday 13 July 2016

FireFox Heap Exploitation Tool - Shadow

FireFox Heap Exploitation Tool - Shadow

Shadow has been tested with the following:

  • Windows 8.1 x86-64
  • Windows 7 SP1 x86 and x86-64
  • WinDBG 6.3.9600.17200 x86 (since Firefox stable is x86-only currently)
  • pykd version
  • Many different Firefox releases, but extensively with: 31.7.0-esr, 35.0.1, 36.0.1, 38.0.5, 39.0, 40.0, 43.0. 44.0.
  • Note: If you work with a Firefox version older than 36.0 use the mozjs branch


At first you need to setup WinDBG with Mozilla's symbol server. You also need to install pykd version Then copy the shadow directory you have cloned from GitHub to some path (e.g. C:\tmp\).

I have also added an example WinDBG initialization script at "auxiliary/windbg-init.cmd". Place it at C:\tmp\ and start WinDBG with windbg.exe -c "$$>< C:\tmp\windbg-init.cmd".

Finally, from within WinDBG issue the following commands:

!load pykd.pyd
!py c:\\tmp\\shadow\\pykd_driver help

[shadow] De Mysteriis Dom Firefox
[shadow] v1.0b

[shadow] jemalloc-specific commands:
[shadow]   jechunks                : dump info on all available chunks
[shadow]   jearenas                : dump info on jemalloc arenas
[shadow]   jerun <address>         : dump info on a single run
[shadow]   jeruns [-cs]            : dump info on jemalloc runs
[shadow]                                 -c : current runs only
[shadow]                    -s <size class> : runs for the given size class only
[shadow]   jebins                  : dump info on jemalloc bins
[shadow]   jeregions <size class>  : dump all current regions of the given size class
[shadow]   jesearch [-cfqs] <hex>  : search the heap for the given hex dword
[shadow]                                 -c : current runs only
[shadow]                                 -q : quick search (less details)
[shadow]                    -s <size class> : regions of the given size only
[shadow]                                 -f : search for filled region holes)
[shadow]   jeinfo <address>        : display all available details for an address
[shadow]   jedump [filename]       : dump all available jemalloc info to screen (default) or file
[shadow]   jeparse                 : parse jemalloc structures from memory
[shadow] Firefox-specific commands:
[shadow]   nursery                 : display info on the SpiderMonkey GC nursery
[shadow]   symbol [-vjdx] <size>   : display all Firefox symbols of the given size
[shadow]                                 -v : only class symbols with vtable
[shadow]                                 -j : only symbols from SpiderMonkey
[shadow]                                 -d : only DOM symbols
[shadow]                                 -x : only non-SpiderMonkey symbols
[shadow]   pa <address> [<length>] : modify the ArrayObject's length (default new length 0x666)
[shadow] Generic commands:
[shadow]   version                 : output version number
[shadow]   help                    : this help message
If you don't see the above help message you have done something wrong ;)


When you issue a jemalloc-specific command for the first time, shadow parses all jemalloc metadata it knows about and saves them to a Python pickle file. Subsequent commands use this pickle file instead of parsing the metadata from memory again in order to be faster.

When you know that the state of jemalloc metadata has changed (for example when you have made some allocations or have triggered a garbage collection), use the jeparse command to re-parse the metadata and re-create the pickle file.

Support for symbols

Note: This feature is currently Windows-only

The symbol command allows you to search for SpiderMonkey and DOM classes (and structures) of specific sizes. This is useful when you're trying to exploit use-after-free bugs, or when you want to position interesting victim objects to overwrite/corrupt.

In the "auxiliary" directory you can find a small PDB parsing utility named symhex. Run it on "xul.pdb" to generate the Python pickle file that shadow expects in the "pdb" directory (as "pdb/xul-VERSION.pdb.pkl"). Before running symhex make sure you have registered "msdia90.dll"; for example on my Windows 8.1 x86-64 installation I did that with

regsvr32 "c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VC\msdia90.dll"

from an Administrator prompt. You also need the "comtypes" Python module; install pip and then do pip install comtypes.

In order to get "xul.pdb" you have to setup WinDBG with Mozilla's symbol server.



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