Reverse Engineering Samsung S6 SBOOT - Part I

Various Samsung Exynos based smartphones use a proprietary bootloader named SBOOT. It is the case for the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy A3, and probably many more smartphones listed on Samsung Exynos Showcase . I had the opportunity to reverse engineer pieces of this bootloader while assessing various TEE implementations. This article is the first from a series about SBOOT. It recalls some ARMv8 concepts, discusses the methodology I followed and the right and wrong assumptions I made while analyzing this undocumented proprietary blob used on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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Analysis of MS16-104: .URL files Security Feature Bypass (CVE-2016-3353)

On September 13th, 2016 Microsoft released security bulletin MS16-104 , which addresses several vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer. One of those vulnerabilities is CVE-2016-3353, a security feature bypass bug in the way .URL files are handled. This security issue does not allow for remote code execution by itself; instead, it allows attackers to bypass a security warning in attacks involving user interaction. In this blogpost we discuss the whole process, from reverse engineering the patch to building a Proof-of-Concept for this vulnerability.

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CVE-2016-7259: An empty file into the blue

A binary analysis of CVE-2016-7259: A win32k kernel bug.

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Reversing a Finite Field Multiplication Optimization

An optimization for the finite field multiplication on 128-bit elements for AES-GCM exists whose explanation was not published, preventing any further application with different parameters. We reverse engineered the result to 1) get the explanation and 2) be able to apply it with other parameters.

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Windows Filtering Platform: Persistent state under the hood

Since Windows XP SP2, the Windows firewall is deployed and enabled by default in every Microsoft Windows operating system. Starting with Windows Vista the firewall relies on a set of API and services called the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP). Although used by almost every Windows OS, WFP is still one of the relatively unknown beast that lies in the kernel. In this post we will see how the firewall manages its persistent state.

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Deobfuscation: recovering an OLLVM-protected program

We recently looked at the Obfuscator-LLVM project in order to test its different protections. Here are our results, and explanations on how we deal with obfuscation.

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Windows 8 ate my cookie

Modern OSes have a feature that mitigates the exploitation of stack based buffer overflows. It basically works by writing a "cookie" value before the return address in the stack in the prologue of a function and checking it before the function returns (for further information, see and ). This article talks about how this mitigation has been enforced in Windows 8.

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Visual C++ RTTI Inspection

C++ is well-known to be tedious to analyze, the use of both inheritance and polymorphism (i.e. virtual method) makes the compiler generate indirect calls. Usually, this kind of assembly code forces the reverse engineer to execute the code in order to figure out the destination of a call. In fact, we are looking for the VFT (Virtual Function Table). This table contains all virtual methods for a specific instance of a class. This article shows how to retrieve this information to make the analysis of a C++ software easier.

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qb-sync v2

Ok, here it is, the new version of qb-sync with lots of new features: new commands, sync multiple IDBs (and thus modules) with a debugger, Windbg remote control shortcuts in IDA, etc.

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qb-sync

qb-sync is an open source tool to add some helpful glue between IDA Pro and Windbg. Its core feature is to dynamically synchronize IDA's graph windows with Windbg's position.

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