TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

HP Virtual User Generator EmulationAdmin Service saveCodeRuleFile Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-13-260: November 24th, 2013


CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    Virtual User Generator

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of HP Virtual User Generator. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists in the handling of requests to the EmulationAdmin web service. This service exposes the saveCodeRuleFile method which contains a directory traversal flaw that allows attackers to create files at arbitrary locations with attacker controlled data. This can be leveraged by an attacker to gain remote code execution under the context of SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

Hewlett-Packard 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