TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

GE MDS PulseNET Hidden Support Account Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-440: September 16th, 2015


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Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of GE MDS PulseNET. Authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability but it can bypassed using static credentials.

The specific flaw exists within the PulseNET web service. It contains a hidden support account, with static credentials, that gives full access. An attacker could leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of SYSTEM.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-05-14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-09-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)