TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

ABB RobotStudio Tools CWGraph3D ActiveX Control Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-253: November 24th, 2013

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of ABB RobotStudio Tools. 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 cw3dgrph.ocx ActiveX control. The ImportStyle method allows an attacker to load a specially crafted .cwx file from a remote network share. Following this call, the attacker can invoke the ExportStyle method to save the file to an arbitrary location through the use of a directory traversal vulnerability. A remote attacker can abuse this to execute arbitrary code under the context of the user.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2013-04-26 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2013-11-24 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod