July 5, 2023

Blog moved to https://code-white.com/blog


we've moved our tech blog to our own homepage at https://code-white.com/blog. From now on, all fresh posts will go up there. We've also copied over all the old articles, so you won't miss anything. And don't worry, the existing Blogspot posts will remain intact to keep the existing links working. But from now on, make sure to check out https://code-white.com/blog and, if you're interested, our all new public vulnerabilities list.

See you there,

April 11, 2023

Java Exploitation Restrictions in Modern JDK Times

Java deserialization gadgets have a long history in context of vulnerability research and at least go back to the year 2015. One of the most popular tools providing a large set of different gadgets is ysoserial by Chris Frohoff. Recently, we observed increasing concerns from the community why several gadgets do not seem to work anymore with more recent versions of JDKs. In this blog post we try to summarize certain facts to reenable some capabilities which seemed to be broken. But our journey did not begin with deserialization in the first place but rather looking for alternative ways of executing Java code in recent JDK versions. In this blost post, we'll focus on OpenJDK and Oracle implementations. Defenders should therefore adjust their search patterns to these alternative code execution patterns accordingly.

March 20, 2023

JMX Exploitation Revisited

The Java Management Extensions (JMX) are used by many if not all enterprise level applications in Java for managing and monitoring of application settings and metrics. While exploiting an accessible JMX endpoint is well known and there are several free tools available, this blog post will present new insights and a novel exploitation technique that allows for instant Remote Code Execution with no further requirements, such as outgoing connections or the existence of application specific MBeans.

September 6, 2022

Attacks on Sysmon Revisited - SysmonEnte

In this blogpost we demonstrate an attack on the integrity of Sysmon which generates a minimal amount of observable events making this attack difficult to detect in environments where no additional security products are installed.


  • Suspend all threads of Sysmon.
  • Create a limited handle to Sysmon and elevate it by duplication.
  • Clone the pseudo handle of Sysmon to itself in order to bypass SACL as proposed by James Forshaw.
  • Inject a hook manipulating all events (in particular ProcessAccess events on Sysmon).
  • Resume all threads.

We also release a POC called SysmonEnte.

June 28, 2022

Bypassing .NET Serialization Binders

Serialization binders are often used to validate types specified in the serialized data to prevent the deserialization of dangerous types that can have malicious side effects with the runtime serializers such as the BinaryFormatter.

In this blog post we'll have a look into cases where this can fail and consequently may allow to bypass validation. We'll also walk though two real-world examples of insecure serialization binders in the DevExpress framework (CVE-2022-28684) and Microsoft Exchange (CVE-2022-23277), that both allow remote code execution.