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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Proficy Vendors:   General Electric Company
GE Proficy Real-Time Information Portal Input Validation Flaw Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1027428
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-0232   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 23 2012
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of system information, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 3.0 SP1, 3.5
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in GE Proficy. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted ID_SAVE_SRVC_CFG message packets to the Remote Interface Service (rifsrvd.exe) on TCP port 5159 to trigger an input validation flaw and create or overwrite arbitrary files with arbitrary content. This vulnerability can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with System privileges.

The vendor was notified on October 17, 2011.

Luigi Auriemma reported these vulnerabilities via TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (3.0 SP1 SIM 42, 3.5 SIM 11).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] ZDI-12-148 : GE Proficy Real-Time Information Portal Remote Interface Service Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

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ZDI-12-148 : GE Proficy Real-Time Information Portal Remote Interface
Service Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
August 22, 2012

- -- CVE ID:

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

- -- Affected Vendors:

- -- Affected Products:
GE Proficy Real-Time Information Portal

- -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11491.
For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:

- -- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of GE Proficy Real-Time Information Portal.
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

This specific flaw exists within the Remote Interface Service
(rifsrvd.exe). The Remote Interface Service listens on TCP port 5159 by
default. The process does not sufficiently validate two input strings that
are used to create a configuration file on the server. Remote,
unauthenticated attackers can exploit this vulnerability by sending
malformed ID_SAVE_SRVC_CFG message packets to the target, which could
ultimately lead to remote code execution under the context of the SYSTEM

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

- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2011-10-17 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-08-22 - Coordinated public release of advisory

- -- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Luigi Auriemma

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