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Advisory ID:
BRLY-LOGOFAIL-2023-023

[BRLY-LOGOFAIL-2023-023] Memory Corruption vulnerability in DXE driver

June 20, 2024
Severity:
High
CVSS Score
8.2
Public Disclosure Date:
June 19, 2024
CVE ID:
CVE-2023-39538

Summary

BINARLY efiXplorer team has discovered a lack of validation on output buffer leads to OOB Write operations during GIF file processing in AMI firmware.

Vendors Affected

Affected Products

ThinkCentre M75q Gen 2
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Potential Impact

An attacker with local access can exploit this vulnerability to elevate privileges from ring 3 or ring 0 (depends on the operating system) to a DXE driver and execute arbitrary code. Malicious code installed as a result of this exploitation could survive operating system (OS) boot process and runtime, or modify NVRAM area on the SPI flash storage (to gain persistence). Additionally, threat actors could use this vulnerability to bypass OS security mechanisms (modify privileged memory or runtime variables), influence OS boot process, and in some cases allow an attacker to hook or modify EFI Runtime services.

Summary

BINARLY efiXplorer team has discovered a lack of validation on output buffer leads to OOB Write operations during GIF file processing in AMI firmware.

Vulnerability Information

     
  • BINARLY internal vulnerability identifier: BRLY-LOGOFAIL-2023-023  
  • AMI PSIRT assigned CVE identifier: CVE-2023-39538  
  • CVSS v3.1: 8.2 High AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Affected modules with confirmed impact by Binarly team

Module name Module GUID Module SHA256
AMITSE b1da0adf-4f77-4070-a88e-bffe1c60529a 439e73d391b7f7540f6faa58afdc2722bda250468d4a4f7f5f84228c1f77ddbe

Potential impact

An attacker with local access can exploit this vulnerability to elevate privileges from ring 3 or ring 0 (depending on the operating system) to a DXE driver and execute arbitrary code. Malicious code installed as a result of this exploitation could survive operating system (OS) boot process and runtime, or modify NVRAM area on the SPI flash storage (to gain persistence). Additionally, threat actors could use this vulnerability to bypass OS security mechanisms (modify privileged memory or runtime variables), influence OS boot process, and in some cases allow an attacker to hook or modify EFI Runtime services.

Vulnerability description

The pseudocode of the vulnerable function is shown below:

__int64 __fastcall EmitPixel(unsigned __int8 PixelValue)
{
  int v1; // r9d
  __int64 v2; // rdx
  __int64 v3; // rcx
  _BYTE *v4; // r8
  unsigned int v5; // r9d
  unsigned int v6; // ecx
  __int64 result; // rax
  unsigned int v8; // r9d

  v1 = Mult;
  if ( PixelValue != dword_7FC20 )
  {
    v2 = PixelValue;
    v3 = GIFColorMap;
    // BRLY-LOGOFAIL-2023-023 
    v4 = (Buffer + (4 * Mult));
    *v4 = *(GIFColorMap + 4 * v2);
    v4[1] = *(v3 + 4 * v2 + 1);
    v4[2] = *(v3 + 4 * v2 + 2);
    v4[3] = 0;
  }
  v5 = v1 + 1;
  Mult = v5;
  if ( ++dword_8CB80 > dword_94FF8 )
  {
    dword_8CB80 = dword_95480;
    if ( dword_94FE0 )
    {
      v6 = *(&dword_86C48 + &_ImageBase[2 * dword_95000]) + dword_8CB84;
      dword_8CB84 = v6;
      if ( v6 <= dword_94FEC )
      {
LABEL_9:
        v5 = dword_95480 + dword_94BB0 + dword_7FC24 * (v6 + dword_95470);
        Mult = v5;
        goto LABEL_10;
      }
      v6 = dword_94FE4 + *(&dword_86C30 + &_ImageBase[2 * ++dword_95000]);
    }
    else
    {
      v6 = dword_8CB84 + 1;
    }
    dword_8CB84 = v6;
    goto LABEL_9;
  }
LABEL_10:
  result = dword_94BC8;
  v8 = HIWORD(v5);
  if ( dword_94BC8 != v8 )
    result = v8;
  dword_94BC8 = result;
  return result;
}

As we can see from the pseudocode, the global variable Buffer is a buffer allocated for storing decoded GIF pixels. However this Buffer is used without any bounds checking, thus allowing the attacker to trigger a heap overflow when fp is used to write a pixel colors.

Disclosure timeline

This bug is subject to a 90 day disclosure deadline. After 90 days elapsed or a patch has been made broadly available (whichever is earlier), the bug report will become visible to the public.

Disclosure Activity Date (YYYY-mm-dd)
Lenovo PSIRT is notified 2023-06-21
Lenovo ID (LEN-132940) is assigned 2023-06-22
CERT/CC is notified 2023-07-10
AMI PSIRT confirmed reported issues 2023-10-05
AMI PSIRT assigned CVE ID 2023-12-01
BINARLY public disclosure date 2024-06-19

Acknowledgements

BINARLY efiXplorer team

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