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ZDI-12-169 : GE Proficy Historian KeyHelp ActiveX LaunchTriPane Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

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ZDI-12-169 : GE Proficy Historian KeyHelp ActiveX LaunchTriPane Remote Code
Execution Vulnerability
August 29, 2012

- -- CVE ID:
CVE 2012-2516

- -- CVSS:
7.5, AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

- -- Affected Vendors:

- -- Affected Products:
GE Proficy Historian

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TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11626.
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- -- 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.

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

- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2012-01-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-08-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory

- -- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod

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