This article in PoC||GTFO is a “quick-start” style guide for reversing engineering embedded systems. The goal is to get the reader situated with the ARM Cortex M architecture as quickly as possible, so they can apply their other reversing experience to this platform.
This article in PoC||GTFO is a “quick-start” style guide for reversing engineering embedded systems. The goal is to get the reader situated with the MSP430 architecture as quickly as possible, so they can apply their other reversing experience to this platform.
February 23, 2021
A year ago, we released a series of blog posts documenting our research into the world of binary hashing. While we speculated about the efficacy of this technique for binary diffing, our primary goal was to recognize similar code between binaries for the purpose of porting annotations from one analyzed binary to another and many of our design choices reflected this end-goal. Luckily, we’ve been given the opportunity to explore how these hashing techniques could be applied to the world of “bindiffing” through DARPA’s Assured Micropatching (AMP) 1 program.
As part of this ongoing research, we have developed NinjaDiff - an open source binary diffing plugin for BinaryNinja. Throughout this blog post, we will be discussing the underlying algorithms and technical design choices made while designing this tool.
July 29, 2020
In late May 2020, we were asked to help triage the root cause of a bug where an image, when parsed by Android SystemUI, caused the Android process to crash. This could cause a boot loop if, for example, the image was set as the phone’s background. We quickly identified the root cause which we found interesting from an ecosystem perspective.
This blog shares parts of our analysis, and covers our trace of the relevant code path and diagnosis of the root cause. We describe how the fixes work, and then dive into why this bug was only seen relatively recently. Finally, we break down the file’s JPEG and ICC structures, and what impacts these may have on the parsers.
June 9, 2020
This is the first post in a series that describes how we built tools to rapidly identify and characterize “format extensions”: modifications and new feature additions in parsers of complex formats. In this puzzle, we were given a set of binaries and a few input files – in this instance PDFs. Our task was to precisely characterize any new feature(s) present in the binaries and describe how the input files triggered them. Moreover, our goal was to build tools to enable a human to do this faster and/or more completely than they could previously. Our approach was to make the best use of the inputs that triggered modified behaviors, with a combination of fine-grained static binary diffing and execution trace and memory trace analysis.
December 2, 2019
In our previous blog, we described some examples of where binary hashing can help solve problems and compared a number of algorithms for both basic block and graph aware hashing. Today we are releasing a tool, Hashashin, which combines some of these algorithms to allow security researchers to port Binary Ninja annotations from one binary to another.
November 26, 2019
As security researchers, we often spend a lot of time looking into the internals of libraries in products we are assessing. With this come some common time sinks, such as identifying library versions. While library version identification is relatively straightforward on the surface, other tasks are clearly more challenging – such as applying signatures to stripped binaries, porting defined types across libraries, and similar codebases.
May 11, 2019
This year at INFILTRATE 2019, I got together with fellow RPISEC alumnus and Boston Cybernetics Institute co-founder Jeremy Blackthorne to present “Three Heads Are Better Than One: Mastering NSA’s Ghidra Reverse Engineering Tool”. Around 50 minutes into that presentation, I presented a demo of a proof of concept script I built to trace out how inputs to malloc are derived. In this blog post, we’ll take a deeper look at that script.