In other words, if a malicous MIFF image was provided to the software, it could be exploited to execute code on the system with the privileges of the user running the program. However, this is only possible if the user running the software has remote access enabled on the target system. In the case of GraphicsMagick, this would require accessing the system through a local network. In all cases, it’s recommended to not use MIFF images as they have a high risk of being malicious.

If a heap buffer overflow is possible, how can you be sure that it hasn't already been discovered? There are a few ways to discover heap buffer overflows. The first way is to look at the source code of the program and see where a buffer is allocated. If the code does not check for negative numbers, then an attacker can provide a large number and have the program allocate a very large size buffer. The code then runs to completion, but the attacker has now gained code execution on the system with the privileges of the program’s user. The second way is to have a program crash when a buffer is too large and observe the memory dump. The dump might reveal stack memory where the attacker left a piece of code that can be executed by the program’s user.

Detecting Heap Buffer Overflow Attacks

To detect a heap buffer overflow, you can use the same techniques as detecting other types of attacks. For example, you can run memory scans to see if any buffers are allocated that could cause a buffer overflow. You could also monitor stack and heap memory for unusual behavior.


Published on: 09/28/2022 20:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 11/26/2022 04:15:00 UTC