A co-worker had trouble installing the latest version of an application I’ve been working on. The log file showed that the problem was an access violation when our setup program called MsiInstallProduct. This seemed very unusual, since Windows APIs return error codes instead of crashing. I decided to see where the crash was happening by running the installer under WinDbg.
I set WinDbg to immediately break on exceptions and launched the app. It
stopped almost immediately with the following callstack. The crash location is
kwm_dll.dll, which is a hook DLL installed by Kensington
kmw_dll!CallWndProcFunc+0xa8 USER32!DispatchHookA+0x101 USER32!fnHkINLPCWPSTRUCTA+0x4f USER32!__fnDWORD+0x24 ntdll!KiUserCallbackDispatcher+0x13 USER32!NtUserSetFocus+0xc USER32!CreateDialogIndirectParamAorW+0x33 USER32!CreateDialogParamW+0x49 msi!CBasicUI::CreateProgressDialog+0x35 msi!CBasicUI::CheckDialog+0x47 msi!CBasicUI::SetProgressData+0x58 msi!CBasicUI::Initialize+0x11c msi!MsiUIMessageContext::Initialize+0x230 msi!MsiUIMessageContext::RunInstall+0x22 msi!RunEngine+0xe0 msi!MsiInstallProductW+0xa1 BatchUpd!Application::RunCommandInstall+0x1f5 BatchUpd!Application::Run+0x11e3 BatchUpd!wWinMain+0x102
Disassembling the crash location showed the following (crashing code in bold;
ebp does not contain a valid address).
mov eax,dword ptr [ebp-4] mov ecx,dword ptr [eax] push ecx mov edx,dword ptr [ebp-4] mov eax,dword ptr [edx+4] push eax mov ecx,dword ptr [ebp-4] mov edx,dword ptr [ecx+0Ch] push edx call kmw_dll!CallWndProcFunc+0x12f0 (10004210) add esp,0Ch **mov eax,dword ptr [ebp+10h]** push eax mov ecx,dword ptr [ebp+0Ch] push ecx mov edx,dword ptr [ebp+8] push edx mov eax,dword ptr [kmw_dll!ShowOptsProc+0x6b94 (1000e0a4)] push eax call dword ptr [kmw_dll!ShowOptsProc+0x7c80 (1000f190)] mov esp,ebp pop ebp ret 0Ch
One interesting thing about the code is that it looks like a Debug build (or a
Release build with no optimizations): the disassembly is straightforward and
seems like it has a one-to-one correspondence with the putative source code.
The other thing of note (not shown above) is that the base address of the DLL
is set to the default
0x10000000, which is a poor choice for a hook DLL that
will be loaded into every process on the system.
ebp should be preserved across the function call, so I looked at the
function that was just called (at address 0x10004210). I’ve added a few
explanatory comments based on my understanding of what it’s doing.
push ebp ; save caller's value of ebp mov ebp,esp ; standard function prologue sub esp,offset +0x87 (00000088) ; BOOL bLocal0; char szLocal1; cmp dword ptr [ebp+0Ch],0 ; if (param2 == 0) je kmw_dll!CallWndProcFunc+0x130b (1000422b) ; goto label0; mov dword ptr [ebp-88h],0 ; bLocal0 = FALSE; jmp kmw_dll!CallWndProcFunc+0x1315 (10004235) ; goto label1; label0: mov dword ptr [ebp-88h],offset (00000001) ; bLocal0 = TRUE; label1: mov eax,dword ptr [ebp-88h] ; push bLocal0 push eax lea ecx,[ebp-84h] ; push &szLocal1 push ecx mov edx,dword ptr [ebp+10h] ; push param3 push edx mov eax,dword ptr [ebp+8] ; push param1 push eax call kmw_dll!ShowOptsProc+0x16e0 (10008bf0) ; fn(param1, param3, szLocal1, bLocal0) add esp,10h ; clean up parameters (C calling convention) mov esp,ebp ; "free" locals pop ebp ; restore caller's value of ebp ret
This function is allocating 0x88 (i.e., 136) bytes for local variable storage:
enough for an int (or BOOL) and a 132 byte buffer. If this buffer were
overflowed, the stack would be overwritten and
ebp would be corrupted upon
return. Some internet searching turns up
similar issue, stating that “Kensington MouseWorks … crashes … if the
executable path is longer than 128 characters”; this seems to match our
situation. Indeed, dumping the bytes at the old value of
ebp-84h shows the
full path of our setup application, which is too long for the buffer.
Since the buffer is stack allocated, it would be trivial to change its size by
editing the instructions that create and reference the local variables. At a
minimum, the buffer should be capable of storing
MAX_PATH characters. Because this
function doesn’t supply the actual buffer length to the function it calls, we
can make it as long as we (reasonably) want. I decided to increase the size
for storage of locals in this function to 300 bytes. In version 126.96.36.199 of
kmw_dll.dll (which seems like it may be newer than the latest available
version, published in February
2006), this can be accomplished by editing the following bytes in the file.
These changes simply change the numbers 136, -136, and -132 (which are the
three offsets used in the code above) to 300, -300, and -296.
The buffer should now be large enough to hold a file name up to
bytes long. With this new DLL installed in the
the setup program is able to launch the MSI and installation completes
Posted by Bradley Grainger on June 25, 2009