TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

GE Proficy Historian ihDataArchiver.exe Multiple Opcode Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

ZDI-12-133: August 3rd, 2012


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of GE iFix. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the ihDataArchiver.exe process which listens by default on TCP port 14000. Several errors are present in the code responsible for parsing data from the network. By providing malformed data for opcodes 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12 the process can be made to corrupt memory which can lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the user running the service.

Vendor Response

GE has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-10-17 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2012-08-03 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Luigi Auriemma