CAPEC-44: Overflow Binary Resource File

Description
An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the adversary access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process.
Extended Description

The fundamental difference is that embedded messages have a complete semantic quality, rather than mere imagery, and the mind of the target tends to key off of particular dominant patterns. The remaining information, carefully structured, speaks directly to the subconscious with a subtle, indirect, command. The effect is to produce a pattern of thinking that the attacker has predetermined but is buried within the message and not overtly stated. Structuring a human "buffer overflow" requires precise attention to detail and the use of information in a manner that distracts the conscious mind from the message the subconscious is receiving.

Severity :

Very High

Possibility :

High

Type :

Detailed
Relationships with other CAPECs

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Prerequisites

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  • Target software processes binary resource files.
  • Target software contains a buffer overflow vulnerability reachable through input from a user-controllable binary resource file.
Skills required

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  • Medium To modify file, deceive client into downloading, locate and exploit remote stack or heap vulnerability
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Related CWE

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