Exploit Methods/Userspace data usage

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Sometimes an attacker won't be able to control the instruction pointer directly, but they will be able to redirect the dereference a structure or other pointer. In these cases, it is easiest to aim at malicious structures that have been built in userspace to perform the exploitation.

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Mitigations

  • hardware segmentation: SMAP (x86), PAN (arm, arm64), Domains (arm)
  • emulate memory segmentation via separate page tables (e.g. PAX_UDEREF)
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