title: Writeup HeroCTF v3 - Ring0 Calling
date: Apr 28, 2021
tags: HeroCTF_v3 writeups kernel

Writeup HeroCTF v3 - Ring0 Calling


I like to compile my kernels. And I like to do it the old way.
And I also like doing it 50x times because I forgot an option.

Can you get the flag ?

ssh -p 4822
password : ring0_lol

Format : Hero{}

Authors : SoEasY & iHuggsy

First, we need to connect to the machine via ssh and run the machine with the custom kernel via ./run.

Since this is a very minimal machine (not even a /lib folder), a share is mounted at /mnt/share in order to share files with the target machine.

With a quick look, we find the file /BACKUP/syscall_64.tbl, and we can see something interesting inside:

This is the list of the syscalls on the machine. Sys_hero seems to be a newly added syscall.

Therefore, we can make a simple program in C to call this custom system call.


#include <sys/syscall.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    long ret = 0;
    ret = syscall(442);

    printf("ret: %ld\n", ret);

    return 0;

We need to compile it in a static way since there is no /lib folder:

$ gcc syscall.c -o syscall -static

Then, we can test it on the target machine: ./run

root:/# cd /mnt/share
root:/mnt/share# ls
root:/mnt/share## chmod +x syscall
root:/mnt/share# ./syscall
ret: 0

The syscall returned 0, so there was no errors.

Let's check kernel logs:

# dmesg
[  119.928808] Hero{0h_d4mn_y0u_4r2_th3_sysc4llm4st3r!!!}

Here is the flag!

Flag: Hero{0h_d4mn_y0u_4r2_th3_sysc4llm4st3r!!!}

Author: Ooggle