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CVE-2013-0964 is an vulnerability in the kernel of iOS. It was initially discovered by Mark Dowd and Tarjei Mandt who presented it at HiTB 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. This vulnerability allows userland processes access to the first page of the kernel, because the copyin and copyout arguments were not checked for their range when the length is small enough. Apple patched the vulnerability in iOS 6.1.


Apple's description

Impact: A user-mode process may be able to access the first page of kernel memory
Description: The iOS kernel has checks to validate that the user-mode pointer and length passed to the copyin and copyout functions would not result in a user-mode process being able to directly access kernel memory. The checks were not being used if the length was smaller than one page. This issue was addressed through additional validation of the arguments to copyin and copyout.


planetbeing states that he worked out a nice jailbreak for it, that will never see the light of day. i0n1c responded that it is difficult to exploit it in a stable way and he would like to see a description for it.

First page of memory

The first page of kernel memory (and eDRAM) contains the sleep token. The sleep token is used from LLB to resume the system and restore its context accordingly. To jump back to the kernel, the LLB checks for the 'MOSX,SUSP' signature in the image and then calls 'jump_to' to exit the bootloader and return control to the OS.


TODO: Describe copyin/copyout functions and the fix in detail.

TODO: Describe how this can get exploited in a stable way.


  1. Apple: iOS 6.1 Software Update

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