Advisory Details

August 29th, 2012

GE Proficy Historian KeyHelp ActiveX LaunchTriPane Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-169
ZDI-CAN-1491

CVE ID CVE-2012-2516
CVSS SCORE 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS GE
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Proficy Historian
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11626. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of GE Proficy Historian. 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 KeyHelp.ocx ActiveX control. The control contains a LaunchTriPane function that allows launching of the HTML Help executable (hh.exe) with customized command line parameters. By using the -decompile switch, an attacker can specify the folder to decompile to and a UNC path to a specially crafted .chm file. The attacker can utilize this vulnerability to execute remote code under the context of the process.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS GE has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://support.ge-ip.com/support/index?page=kbchannel&id=S:KB14863
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2012-01-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2012-08-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
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