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PS3 LV2_Kernel Exploit Sample Implementation By Naehrwert


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117w ago - Following up on his PS3 SCETool update and PS3 Dump_Rootkey code, today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker Naehrwert has posted some details on exploiting the PlayStation 3 lv2_kernel and has made available a sample 3.41 implementation below.

To quote from his blog: Exploiting (?) lv2

A long while ago KaKaRoTo pointed me to a stack overflow he found while reversing lv2_kernel. But there are two problems:

1. The vulnerability is in a protected syscall (the SELF calling it got to have the 0x40... control flags set). So you’d first need to find a suitable usermode exploit (don’t ask us), that gives you code execution with the right privileges.

2. The payload data is copied to lv2 heap first and the function will do a free call on it before the payload has any chance to get executed. This might not sound like a problem but it looks like lv2′s heap implementation will overwrite the free’ed space with 0xABADCAFE and thus destroy the payload.

Here (pastie.org/4755699) is my sample implementation for 3.41 lv2_kernel (although the vulnerability should be present in all versions of lv2 up to the latest firmware), maybe someone of you will find a way to overcome problem (2.) and can get something nice out of it because right now it’s only good to crash lv2.

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From Mathieulh (via pastebin.com/naxXkv3M):

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The footer signature is still not checked upon npdrm self files execution as of 4.21.

Because kakaroto says something that doesn't make it true. Basically he found a check in 3.55 that was not even called and assumed they used it in 3.60+.

Of course they do whitelist npdrm now so even if the footer isn't checked you cannot run your own npdrm selfs signed with keyset lower than 0x0D making the whole debate rather pointless. Aditional checks are now performed on the actual file format as well such as the segment counter flag that needs to be set to 0x01 except for the very last segment.

Finally, from KDSBest (via twitlonger.com/show/jcmh80): Since naehrwert posted an lv2 exploit I will do so too . The stack pointer points to lv2 and if we do a syscall, the syscall saves register to the stack HAHA.

Btw. It just crashes the console for now, since I totally overwrite dump the lv2 or some memory addresses I don't know. Feel free to try around, adjust the address of the stackpointer and so on. If you managed to get the panic payload executed. Tell me!!! ^^

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I didn't managed to make it work on 4.21 so I just did on 4.20






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#47 - dalmatianu - 117w ago
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Great news

#46 - xrayglasses - 117w ago
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again.. it can write HTAB entries..

One you get a stable execution (hint ROP) you can glitch HTAB entries and do anything except persistent root because bootldr couldn't even be figured out by fa1loverflow team..

If you're looking for a lv1 exploit you'll never get anywhere unless you get a talented RE person with a lot of time, and since it's obvious Linux means less than piracy is PS3 scene that isn't likely to happen..

#45 - Tidusnake666 - 117w ago
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stack overflow... so 199X-th.... but still works!! Haha!

I still prefer to use 0xFACEBOOC instead of 0xABADCAFE lol

#44 - technodon - 117w ago
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basically a payload like the one used in the 3.41 jailbreak (hermes) is loaded into stack overflow when the ps3 tries to read this the payload is loaded into memory and you get unsigned code execution. but the problem is that ps3 is using the stack and it copies something to it instead of reading first.

so the payload which has been loaded there is being over written before it has been read and is deleted so if you could somehow make the ps3 read from stack or load the payload just before the stack gets read the payload would be loaded and you have a new jailbreak.

#43 - JOshISPoser - 117w ago
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i'm understanding it a bit more. the higher the lvl, the more security breaches needed because it'll allow it to be more open?

 

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