Bug details
Title: Apple Airport 802.11 Probe Response Kernel Memory Corruption
Description: The Apple Airport driver provided with Orinoco-based Airport cards (1999-2003 PowerBooks, iMacs) is vulnerable to a remote memory corruption flaw. When the driver is placed into active scanning mode, a malformed probe response frame can be used to corrupt internal kernel structures, leading to arbitrary code execution. This vulnerability is triggered when a probe response frame is received that does not contain valid information element (IE) fields after the fixed-length header. The data following the fixed-length header is copied over internal kernel structures, resulting in memory operations being performed on attacker-controlled pointer values.
Author/Contributor: H D Moore <hdm[at]>
Proof of concept or exploit: A proof-of-concept exploit has been added to the Metasploit Framework 3.0 source tree:
msf > use auxiliary/dos/wireless/daringphucball
Debugging information: Tested on a 1.0Ghz PowerBook running 10.4.8 with the latest updates (Halloween, 2006). The fastest way to trigger this bug is to place the card into active scanning mode. This can be accomplished by launching Kismac with the active scanning driver, or by using the 'airport' utility provided with OS X:
$ /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -s -r 10000
Unresolved kernel trap(cpu 0): 0x300 - Data access DAR=0x000000000DEFACF7 PC=0x00000000007A2260
Latest crash info for cpu 0:
   Exception state (sv=0x3AA12A00)
      PC=0x007A2260; MSR=0x00009030; DAR=0x0DEFACF7; DSISR=0x40000000; LR=0x007A1D48; R1=0x17443B60; XCP=0x0000000C (0x300 - Data access)
0x01BC80AC 0x007A1D48 0x0079FA54 0x0079FF94 0x0079FEBC 0x002D0B94
         0x002CFA5C 0x000A9314
      Kernel loadable modules in backtrace (with dependencies):
Proceeding back via exception chain:
   Exception state (sv=0x3AA12A00)
      previously dumped as "Latest" state. skipping...
   Exception state (sv=0x31F13A00)
      PC=0x00000000; MSR=0x0000D030; DAR=0x00000000; DSISR=0x00000000; LR=0x00000000; R1=0x00000000; XCP=0x00000000 (Unknown)

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.8.0: Fri Sep  8 17:18:57 PDT 2006; root:xnu-792.12.6.obj~1/RELEASE_PPC

(gdb) showcurrentstacks
task        vm_map      ipc_space  #acts   pid  proc        command
0x01a73dd8  0x00cdaf3c  0x01a68ef0   38      0  0x003fb200  kernel_task
            activation  thread      pri  state  wait_queue  wait_event
            0x01a7c000  0x01a7c000   82  R
                0x17443b60  0x1bc80ac
                0x17443be0  0x7a1d48 < + 0xad48>
                0x17443c60  0x79fa54 < + 0x8a54>
                0x17443ce0  0x79ff94 < + 0x8f94>
                0x17443d90  0x79febc < + 0x8ebc>
                0x17443df0  0x2d0b94 <_ZN22IOInterruptEventSource12checkForWorkEv+184>
                0x17443e40  0x2cfa5c <_ZN10IOWorkLoop10threadMainEv+104>
                0x17443e90  0xa9314 <Call_continuation+20>

(gdb) x/3i $pc
0x7a2260 <mhp.1762+3571640>:    lbz     r8,0(r2)
0x7a2264 <mhp.1762+3571644>:    addi    r2,r2,1
0x7a2268 <mhp.1762+3571648>:    stw     r2,0(r11)

(gdb) i r $r2
r2             0xdefacf7        233811191

(gdb) x/x $r11
0x17443bb8:     0x0defacf7

(gdb) bt
#0  0x007a2260 in mhp.1762 ()
#1  0x007a1d48 in mhp.1762 ()
warning: Previous frame identical to this frame (corrupt stack?)
#2  0x007a1d48 in mhp.1762 ()
#3  0x0079fa54 in mhp.1762 ()
#4  0x0079ff94 in mhp.1762 ()
#5  0x0079febc in mhp.1762 ()
#6  0x002d0b94 in IOInterruptEventSource::checkForWork (this=0x1d80d40) at /SourceCache/xnu/xnu-792.12.6/iokit/Kernel/IOInterruptEventSource.cpp:196
#7  0x002cfa5c in IOWorkLoop::threadMain (this=0x1d803c0) at /SourceCache/xnu/xnu-792.12.6/iokit/Kernel/IOWorkLoop.cpp:267

(gdb) x/40x $r1
0x17443b60:     0x17443be0      0x22424022      0x01bc80ac      0x00000038
0x17443b70:     0x00d43c54      0x0004ffff      0x01bc81f4      0x00000210
0x17443b80:     0x02275000      0x003d8000      0x004fa418      0x00365000
0x17443b90:     0x01d803c0      0x00033e88      0x01a7c01c      0x01a7c0a4
0x17443ba0:     0x0defaced      0x01bc8000      0x0227581e      0x0defacf7
0x17443bb0:     0x00000000      0x0227581e      0x0defacf7      0x00000001
0x17443bc0:     0x00000002      0x01bc81f4      0x00000000      0x00000000
0x17443bd0:     0x17443c10      0x01a858c0      0x17443be0      0x01d80d40
0x17443be0:     0x17443c60      0x01bc81f4      0x007a1d48      0x00000000
0x17443bf0:     0x17443c20      0x00008088      0x01bc8000      0x0227581e