Cryptominer by Maggie Appleton

Cryptominer Disclosure: Claymore Dual Gpu Miner Format Strings Vulnerability

Jan 31, 2018 · 2 min read


Claymore’s Dual GPU Miner 10.5 and below is vulnerable to a format strings vulnerability. This allows an unauthenticated attacker to read memory addresses, or immediately terminate the mining process causing a denial of service.

After reading about the recent vulnerabilities with previous versions, I thought I should take another look at the json listener on port 3333 and see if there was any avenues of attack.

echo -e '{"id":1,"jsonrpc":"1.0","method":"test"}' | nc 3333 & printf "\n"

After realizing the buffer was printed I decided to try a few others…

echo -e '{"id":1,"jsonrpc":"1.0","method":"%x %x %x %x"}' | nc 3333 & printf "\n"

Sending %s does return some strings, however I couldn’t get the hex addresses padded properly to dig in more as I kept getting unable to parse json errors. Sending %p also did yield some results but I’m sure someone more qualified may be able to exploit the stack further…

Finally, sending %n completely kills the mining process.

echo -e '{"id":1,"jsonrpc":"1.0","method":"%n"}' | nc 3333 & printf "\n"

Keep your rigs up to date, or stop opening port 3333 to the public. Seriously.


01/26/18 — Reported

01/26/18 —Confirmed and immediately patched. 10.6 released request for 3–4 day embargo

01/31/18 — Public Disclosure

Claymore’s Miner —

Editors Note: Put a WEBGAP between you and the malware with a browser isolation technology or by leveraging a remote browser service.


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