A Simple Linux ELF Runtime Crypter Using memfd_create Syscall
"Even for Elves, they were stealthy little twerps. They'd taken our measure before we'd even seen them." — Marshall Volnikov Last month I wrote a post about the memfd_create syscall and left some ideas in the end. Today I’m here to show an example of such ideas implemented in an ELF runtime crypter (kinda lame, I know but good for this demonstration).
What is it? Glad you asked.
Executing ELF binary files from memory with memfd_create syscall
Something that always fascinated me was running code directly from memory. From Process Hollowing (aka RunPE) to PTRACE injection. I had some success playing around with it in C in the past, without using any of the previous mentioned methods, but unfortunately the code is lost somewhere in the forums of VXHeavens (sadly no longer online) but the code was buggy and worked only with Linux 32bit systems (I wish I knew about shm_open back then, which is sort of an alternative for the syscall we are using in this post, mainly targeting older systems where memfd_create is not available).
So I decided to port my Linux.Liora (https://github.com/guitmz/go-liora) Go infector to Win32 and it worked great. Minor tweaks were needed in the code, you can run a diff between both and check it out.
EDIT: Fixed the PE verification routine, it checks for a proper PE file now. Thanks hh86!
/* * Win32.Liora.B - This is a POC PE prepender written in Go by TMZ (2015). * * Win32.
So this guy asks me in a job interview last week “Have you ever developed in Go?” and well what’s best to learn a language than writting a prepender (probably a lot of things but don’t kill my thrill)?
There you have it, the probably first ever binary infector written in GoLang (SPTH LIP page “outdately” confirms that).
Basically a port from my Linux.Zariche ‘cause my life is in a hurry.
Vala is an object-oriented programming language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code and uses the GObject system. Vala is syntactically similar to C# and and rather than being compiled directly to assembly or to another intermediate language, Vala is source-to-source compiled to C, which is then compiled with a platform’s standard C compiler, such as GCC.
You can also create VAPI files which are basically native C (not C++) functions you can import to Vala code (I will show an example later).