TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

GE MDS PulseNET FileDownloadServlet Directory Traversal Information Disclosure And Deletion Vulnerability

ZDI-15-439: September 16th, 2015


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Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to read and delete arbitrary files on vulnerable installations of GE MDS PulseNET. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the FileDownloadServlet. By specifying a filename including directory traversal, an attacker can read and then delete an arbitrary file on the system. The read and subsequent deletion will be performed under the context of SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-04-30 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-09-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)