Thursday, June 29, 2017

opmsg saving you from OpenSSH 0days

As I am interested in Crypto and its implementation,
being it my own projects or competing ones, I often take a deep
look into the OpenSSL and LibreSSL projects to estimate
what can potentially go wrong and where special care
must be taken while swimming with sharks.

I have already written and complained here in past about the
shiny OpenSSL 1.1 API changes. I think its safe to say that opmsg
and drops have been the first larger projects being neatly
ported to the 1.1 API, while still being aligned to older
OpenSSL installations and LibreSSL, cross platform of course.
How many projects do you know - and heavily use libcryto
or libssl - can do that?

OpenSSH for example can't. OpenSSH-portable on Linux suffered
similar hard times due to the new 1.1 API. No pain, no gain.
While OpenSSH upstream declined to make
OpenSSH-portable ready for the 1.1 API (at least yet),
there was still demand for it, since lots of newer distros
were simply not able to build their openssh packages with their
own shipped libcrypto packages. Thats why the Fedora project
adopted patches (this one is already fixed after my report).
However they introduced some double-free conditions by
means of RSA_set0_key() and similar functions. You can read
my report and see in the patch how the order of function
calls has been changed to fix the double-frees.

You can thank me later that I saved your Fedora boxes
from an ssh 0day.

Friday, June 16, 2017

dropsview ncurses trickery

If you were ever curious about what a GUI frontend designed
by me would look like, here you go.

Hand crafted without any GUI builder but with much love
and ergonomics and minimal dependencies. It allows you
to manage your personas and op messages easily and to
send instant messages to your peers without the command
line hassle. And most importantly: without anyone watching
and processing even the meta data.

If you have a static IPv4 (or v6), consider running a
drops node. Its small footprint and you don't necessarily
need to participate in messaging. You can just run it in 
background as a message hub.

Friday, May 19, 2017

KDE trickery

I published my writeup about CVE-2017-8422 and CVE-2017-8849,
including the PoC for smb4k.

Note, that this helper is most likely not installed by
default on KDE systems. However, other helpers which are
installed by default are affected too, such as kcm_systemd which
could be leveraged to overwrite arbitrary files.

The most complicated thing about the PoC was to setup
a proper Qt/KDE 4/5 build environment; so I decided to
just use dbus-send with a binary blob instead, rather
than creating my own QVariantMap. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

OpenSSL constant hell

Last week, someone opened a bug for opmsg, saying it
wont compile with recent versions of gcc.
I am happy that I've been noticed about it, since it shows
people are using opmsg. The "bug" however is not within
opmsg, its about the way OpenSSL changes their function
definitions (breaking the API!) in between minor versions
of OpenSSL.

What exactly happened?

In above screendump you see two functions constp() and
constpp(). They will serve as an easy, down-stripped demo.

While with constp() the const char * declaration
by the programmer is more like a promise to the caller
that the data at which ptr points to, will not be written to,
this is different when the type changes to a double
pointer. You can pass char * variables to constp() without
any problem, because constp() just promises you to not modify
the pointee data. It would be allowed to do so for char *
variables, but it confines itself to this promise, which
is good practise to show the user of the API "Hey, we
wont modify your data as you pass it to us." 
There are no problems if you would change a foo(char *) 
declaration to a foo(const char *) because the later declaration 
just promises more to you, and you lose nothing by foo()
making additional promises to you.
The takeaway is: you can pass a char * variable to a
function that wants a const char *. Both foo()
functions are accepting the same type. You can see
this by the compiler accepting the call to constp()
for a char * variable.

Thats different when a double pointer is involved as
with the constpp() function. Here you have to pass
a const char ** because otherwise the pointer value itself could
be assigned a char * by which const objects could be modified.
This would violate the const correctness of the program
and obsolete the const keyword. Thats why the foo(char **)
and foo(const char **) arguments are really different types.
In other words, you cant just add a const keyword to
double pointer function arguments as you could do it
with single pointers. You end up having entirely different
function signatures.

Now, guess what OpenSSL has made with the

DH_get0_key(const DH *dh, BIGNUM **pub_key, BIGNUM **priv_key);


RSA_get0_key(const RSA *r, BIGNUM **n, BIGNUM **e, BIGNUM **d);

functions? They "just" added a const to the BIGNUM
double pointers somewhere after the 1.1.0 version
already introduced a new API. Thats a warning for
C11 programs (one that you should not ignore) but even
worse, as you can see in above demo, its an error for
C++11 programs.

So, I had to add a wrapper function for the functions
in question which call the right functions, depending
on the OpenSSL version.

If you want to read more about the double pointer
const topic, its described here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

drops and free trial

My google-cloud free-trial account will run out soon, so the
bootstrap IP address in the drops README will end up
being non-responsive soon. I am not sure which cloud
provider I will use in future, so I am not signing up
for premium there yet. I am quite happy there wrt stability
and the overall setup; its merely a matter of pricing.

I plan to write some fancy ncurses GUI frontend for drops,
so one can read and write drops messages in mutt-style,
but that can take a while. (I need less ShadowLeaker 90's 0day
that reminds me of old times and more joy starting to learn
ncursesUntil then, someone else has to spend free bonus coins
of his cloud provider to setup drops bootstrap nodes (and
thanks to that anon french guy running that 78* node :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New git signing keys

My previous git signing key expired, so I uploaded a new one. 

I didnt sign all of my github repos with it yet,
but I took the opportunity to polish my optimized dd
repo, adding a useful help and making it fully usable
under the GPLv3.

If you dont do so already, consider signing your
external git repos. Its painless and you will thank me later
in case your external repos will be fucked with.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

sshttp SNI proxy trickery

The sshttp protocol muxer has been updated to support
SNI muxing. When muxing SSH/HTTPS, the ClientHello message
of the TLS handshake may contain a SNI, which is parsed by
sshttpd  and can be routed to an alternative port (rather than to the regular https port specified with -H).
This is of particular interest with the drops p2p network,
as it is using TLS with the SNI of drops.v2.
This way you can hide sshd and drops behind your https server.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Drops trickery

In the past months I have been working on a project
for a distributed p2p messenging platform, featuring
the opmsg format. opmsg is usually attached to emails.
Emails however leave meta data traces such as email addresses and
header content. Not so with drops, which is ready for testing !

As its a p2p network, it lives from participating people.
So even when you dont use opmsg yourself, you can setup
a drops node so the network gets more distributed and

Its now in beta testing, and some features such as
sandboxing are yet missing.

Dont be worried by the spartanic README, it will get
updated and there will also be a document describing
the techical details.