Attacking custom protocols

Not unlike PHP, Java also provides the ability to flatten objects for easy transmission or storage. Where PHP-serialized data is simple strings, Java uses a slightly different approach. A serialized Java object is a stream of bytes with a header and the content split into blocks. It may not be easy to read, but it does stand out in packet captures or proxy logs as Base64-encoded values. Since this is a structured header, the first few bytes of the Base64 equivalent will be the same for every stream.

A Java-serialized object stream always starts with the magic bytes: 0xAC 0xED, followed by a two byte version number: 0x00 0x05. The rest of the bytes in the stream will describe the object and its contents. All we really ...

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