Windows Kernel 64-bit stack memory disclosure in nt!NtQueryVirtualMemory (MemoryImageInformation)

Authors:Google Security Research   Risk:Medium

CVE:CVE-2018-0968                 0day:Information Disclosure

0day-id:0DAY-0968                  Date:2018-04-19


An information disclosure vulnerability exists in the Windows kernel that could allow an attacker to retrieve information that could lead to a Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) bypass. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could retrieve the memory address of a kernel object.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would have to log on to an affected system and run a specially crafted application.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows kernel handles memory addresses.


We have discovered that the nt!NtQueryVirtualMemory system call invoked with the MemoryImageInformation (0x6) information class discloses uninitialized kernel stack memory to user-mode clients. The vulnerability affects 64-bit versions of Windows 8 to 10.

The layout of the corresponding output buffer is unknown to us; however, we have determined that an output size of 24 bytes is accepted. At the end of that memory area, 4 uninitialized bytes from the kernel stack can be leaked to the client application.

The attached proof-of-concept program demonstrates the disclosure by spraying the kernel stack with a large number of 0x41 (‘A’) marker bytes, and then calling the affected system call with the MemoryImageInformation info class and the allowed output size. An example output is as follows:

--- cut ---
  Status: 0, Return Length: 18
  00000000: 00 00 f3 0c f7 7f 00 00 00 20 02 00 00 00 00 00 ......... ......
  00000010: 00 00 00 00 41 41 41 41 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ....AAAA........
--- cut ---

It is clearly visible here that the 4 trailing bytes copied from ring-0 to ring-3 remained uninitialized. Repeatedly triggering the vulnerability could allow local authenticated attackers to defeat certain exploit mitigations (kernel ASLR) or read other secrets stored in the kernel address space.

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


Mateusz Jurczyk of Google Project Zero

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