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Structured Exception Handler Exploitation

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 By Read Time: 4 min.

The SEH exploitation technique was publicly documented by David Litchfield in September of 2003. At a high-level, the SEH overwrite technique uses a software vulnerability to execute arbitrary code by abusing the 32-bit exception dispatching facilities provided by Windows. At a functional level, an SEH overwrite is generally accomplished by using a stack-based buffer. This document explains SEH details while exploiting a real case.


Author: Brian Mariani, Senior Security Auditor at High-Tech Bridge SA


The SEH exploitation technique was publicly documented by David Litchfield in September of 2003. At a high-level, the SEH overwrite technique uses a software vulnerability to execute arbitrary code by abusing the 32-bit exception dispatching facilities provided by Windows. At a functional level, an SEH overwrite is generally accomplished by using a stack-based buffer. This document explains SEH details while exploiting a real case.



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