0x" (e.g. "
0x0f"), in hexadecimal, unless noted otherwise.
The exchange of data between the BO client and server is done using encrypted UDP packes. The format of these packes is simple, as is the cryptographic scheme used. The server normally binds to the UDP port 31337, but it may be configured to use another one. All BO packets -- from the server to the client and vice-versa -- have the same basic format. Notice that even if no password is set up on the server and client, BO packets are always encrypted.
|Mnemonic||Size in bytes|
MAGIC - An eight bytes strings which indentifies the BO packet. The
sequence of characters is fixed and must be the string
*!*QWTY?" (star, bang, star, "Q",
"W", "T", "Y", question).
LEN - A 32 bit integer which contains the length of the entire packet, including the header. The value of this field cannot be less than 19 (the header length plus, at least, 1 byte data and 1 byte CRC).
ID - A 32 bit integer which contains the identification of the UDP packet. In fragmented packets, this field is used to keep track of the fragment sequence number (???). It's also used by the BO client to match an received packet with a previously sent packet.
The "32 bit integers" used in the header of BO packets aren't transmitted in network order, but with its least significant byte sent first. For example, the "integer"
0x11bb55eeis transmitted is this order:
T - This field contains the operation type that the packet carries. In this field, the 2 most significant bits are used to flag some conditions about the packet, such as the fragmentation of a large packet. The remaining 6 bits are used to specify the actual BO operation.
|TYPE_SYSLOCKUP||0x03||System lock up|
|TYPE_SYSLISTPASSWORDS||0x04||List system passwords|
|TYPE_SYSVIEWCONSOLE||0x05||View console (???)|
|TYPE_SYSINFO||0x06||Get system information|
|TYPE_SYSLOGKEYS||0x07||Log pressed keys|
|TYPE_SYSENDKEYLOG||0x08||Send keypress log|
|TYPE_SYSDIALOGBOX||0x09||Show a dialog box (message box)|
|TYPE_REGISTRYDELETEVALUE||0x0a||Delete an value from the registry|
|TYPE_REDIRADD||0x0b||Create TCP redirection (proxy)|
|TYPE_REDIRDEL||0x0c||Delete TCP redirection|
|TYPE_REDIRLIST||0x0d||List TCP redirections|
|TYPE_NETEXPORTADD||0x10||Export a share resource|
|TYPE_NETEXPORTDELETE||0x11||Cancel share export|
|TYPE_NETEXPORTLIST||0x12||Show export list|
|TYPE_PACKETRESEND||0x13||Resend packet (???)|
|TYPE_HTTPENABLE||0x14||Enable HTTP server|
|TYPE_HTTPDISABLE||0x15||Disable HTTP server|
|TYPE_RESOLVEHOST||0x16||Resolve host name|
|TYPE_FILEFREEZE||0x17||Compress a file|
|TYPE_FILEMELT||0x18||Uncompress a file|
|TYPE_PROCESSLIST||0x20||Show active processes|
|TYPE_PROCESSKILL||0x21||Kill a process|
|TYPE_PROCESSSPAWN||0x22||Start a process|
|TYPE_REGISTRYCREATEKEY||0x23||Create a key in the registry|
|TYPE_REGISTRYSETVALUE||0x24||Set the value of a key in the registry|
|TYPE_REGISTRYDELETEKEY||0x25||Delete a key in the registry|
|TYPE_REGISTRYENUMKEYS||0x26||Enumerate registry keys|
|TYPE_REGISTRYENUMVALS||0x27||Enumerate registry values|
|TYPE_MMCAPFRAME||0x28||Capture a static image (.BMP) from the video capture device|
|TYPE_MMCAPAVI||0x29||Capture a video stream (.AVI) from the video capture device|
|TYPE_MMPLAYSOUND||0x2a||Play a sound file (.WAV)|
|TYPE_MMLISTCAPS||0x2b||Show available image/video capture devices|
|TYPE_MMCAPSCREEN||0x2c||Capture the screen to a file (.BMP)|
|TYPE_TCPFILESEND||0x2d||Start sending a file using TCP|
|TYPE_TCPFILERECEIVE||0x2e||Start receiving a file useing TCP|
|TYPE_PLUGINLIST||0x2f||List (running) plug-ins|
|TYPE_FILEFIND||0x34||Find a file|
|TYPE_FILEDELETE||0x35||Delete a file|
|TYPE_FILEVIEW||0x36||View file contents|
|TYPE_FILERENAME||0x37||Rename a file|
|TYPE_FILECOPY||0x38||Copy a file|
|TYPE_NETVIEW||0x39||List all network devices, domain names and shares|
|TYPE_NETUSE||0x3a||Connect a network resource|
|TYPE_NETDELETE||0x3b||End connection of a network resource|
|TYPE_NETCONNECTIONS||0x3c||Show network connections|
|TYPE_DIRECTORYMAKE||0x3d||Create directory (folder)|
|TYPE_APPLIST||0x3f||Show running applications|
|PARTIAL_PACKET||0x80||This is a partial packet, i.e. you should expect more to come|
|CONTINUED_PACKET||0x40||This is a fragment of a fragmented packet|
These two flags usually are combined in "inner" packets. For example, a big packet fragmented in 4 smaller ones would be send with the following flags:1. PARTIAL_PACKET 2. PARTIAL_PACKET | CONTINUED_PACKET 3. PARTIAL_PACKET | CONTINUED_PACKET 4. CONTINUED_PACKET
The contents of the data field should be interpreted diferently if the packet goes from the server to the client, or if it goes in the opposite way (???). In packets going from the client to the server, up to two string sequences can be sent in the data field, as they're separated by a NUL character. In packets going from the server to the client, there is only one string (???) with the command response.
|Packet Type||Field 1||Field 2|
|TYPE_REDIRADD||Port to open||Address:port|
|TYPE_APPADD||Executable file name||Porta TCP|
|TYPE_NETEXPORTADD||Share||Directory, password, note|
|TYPE_HTTPENABLE||Port||Server's root directory|
|TYPE_FILEFREEZE||Input file||Output file|
|TYPE_FILEMELT||Input file||Output file|
|TYPE_PROCESSSPAWN||Executable file name and arguments||Visible1|
|TYPE_FILEFIND||Name (wildcards allowed)||Raiz|
|TYPE_FILERENAME||Old file (???)||New file (???)|
|TYPE_FILECOPY||Source file||Destination file|
|TYPE_DIRECTORYMAKE||Name of the new directory||N/A|
1 If the second parameter is present, the application is made visible. Otherwise, it is run hidden.
2 The type can be "B" for binary, "D" for a double word (DWORD) and "S" for a string of character. In binary fields, the value is a sequence of two hexadecimal digits (e.g. "
ab 11 5f"); in double word fields, the value should be specified in decimal; in string fields, the value is the string.
The encryption is done applying a XOR (exclusive or) operation between each byte of the packet and the sequential value returned by a random number generator. This generator is initialized with a value which depends on the secret password being used in the communication. This way, having the same password, both random number generator (the server's and the client's one) will be initialized with the same seed, and they will return the same sequence of "random" numbers which will be used to encrypt/decrypt the packet.
This cryptographic scheme isn't strong. As all of the packet contents is encrypted, and they always contain a fixed sequence of characters (MAGIC) in the header, from an encrypted packet one can easily obtain the initial sequence of random numbers generated and use a brute force attack to discover the seed of the random number generator, as the range of possible values is somewhat small. The methods used to decrypt and encrypt a BO packet without knowing the password being used are out of the scope of this document, and are left as an exercise to the reader.
BORAND(x) = (x * 214013) + 2531011
A * B" denotes the multiplication of
A by B, and "
+" the usual sum operation.
The value of the initial parameter -- the seed -- is derived from
the communication password (see below). The next value is always the
result of the value returned on the last run. For example, a sequence
of "random" numbers
X1, X2, ...,
Xn can be obtained in the following way:
X1 = BORAND(IV) X2 = BORAND(X1) X3 = BORAND(X2) ... Xn = BORAND(Xn - 1)
IV is the seed and
the nth random number.
Where "X = 0 Y = length (number of characters) of S Z = 0 WHILE X < Y Z = Z + S[X] X = X + 1 END X = 0 WHILE X < Y IF X is odd Z = Z - (S[X] * (Y - X + 1)) ELSE Z = Z + (S[X] * (Y - X + 1)) END Z = Z % 0x7fffffff X = X + 1 END Z = (Z * Y) % 0x7fffffff IV = Z
S[n]" is the nth character of the password, "
A % B" the remainder of the division of A by B, and "
IV" the seed we're looking for.
Note: the random number generator is initialized with the seed for every sent/received packet.
Note: the variables
Z are all 32 bit integer. This mean that the most
significant bits above the 32nd one should be ignored when
an overflow occurs.
Where "L = length of the BO packet X = 0 Z = IV WHILE X < L Z = BORAND(Z) P[X] = P[X] ^ ((Z >> 16) & 0xff) X = X + 1 END
P[n]" denotes the nth byte of the packet, "
A ^ B" the bitwise XOR operation between A and B, "
A >> B" the 32 bit shift of A by B bits to the right, and "
A & B" the bitwise AND operation between A and B.
When the client sends a TYPE_TCPFILESEND packet, the server opens the file specified and start listening for a TCP connection on the specified TCP port. Then the client connects to that port and start sending the file.
When the client wishes to receive a file, it sends a TYPE_TCPFILERECEIVE packet specifying the desired file name and the TCP port. The server will then open the specified port and start transferring the file as soon as someone (probably the client) connects to it.
The TCP stream is not encrypted.
All this TCP file send/receive stuff is "(???)".
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Last updated on january 8th, 1999