Describing Data Format Exploits Using Bitstream Segment Graphs

Michael Hartle, D. Schumann, A. Botchak, E. Tews, M. Mühlhäuser

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Exploits based on data processing bugs are delivered through crafted data that seems to follow a data format, yet is altered in some way to trigger a specific bug during processing, eg. in order to execute contained malicious code. Decomposing crafted data according to the purported data format and the function of its components that are not format-compliant is a step towards understanding the delivery mechanism of an exploit and fixing the vulnerable application. This paper demonstrates the use of bitstream segment graphs for describing the structure of exploits on the example of the TIFF Jailbreak exploit for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch with firmware 1.1.1.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Third International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology, 2008. ICCGI '08.
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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