TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Hewlett-Packard LoadRunner lrFileIOService ActiveX Control CreateFileCont Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-203: August 13th, 2013


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of HP LoadRunner. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the lrFileIOService ActiveX control. The control exposes the CreateFileCont method. The method does not properly sanitize the path for the filename, allowing for directory traversal. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to write files under the context of the current process, which can then be used to execute code under the context of the current user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-01-22 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-08-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod