ID CVE-2012-4177
Summary The web browser plugin for Ubisoft Uplay PC before 2.0.4 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary programs via the -orbit_exe_path command line argument.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • UbiSoft Uplay PC 2.0
  • UbiSoft Uplay PC 2.0.3
  • UbiSoft Uplay PC 2.0.2
  • UbiSoft Uplay PC 2.0.1
Base: 10.0 (as of 08-08-2012 - 12:23)
  • Command Line Execution through SQL Injection
    An attacker uses standard SQL injection methods to inject data into the command line for execution. This could be done directly through misuse of directives such as MSSQL_xp_cmdshell or indirectly through injection of data into the database that would be interpreted as shell commands. Sometime later, an unscrupulous backend application (or could be part of the functionality of the same application) fetches the injected data stored in the database and uses this data as command line arguments without performing proper validation. The malicious data escapes that data plane by spawning new commands to be executed on the host.
  • Command Delimiters
    An attack of this type exploits a programs' vulnerabilities that allows an attacker's commands to be concatenated onto a legitimate command with the intent of targeting other resources such as the file system or database. The system that uses a filter or a blacklist input validation, as opposed to whitelist validation is vulnerable to an attacker who predicts delimiters (or combinations of delimiters) not present in the filter or blacklist. As with other injection attacks, the attacker uses the command delimiter payload as an entry point to tunnel through the application and activate additional attacks through SQL queries, shell commands, network scanning, and so on.
  • Exploiting Multiple Input Interpretation Layers
    An attacker supplies the target software with input data that contains sequences of special characters designed to bypass input validation logic. This exploit relies on the target making multiples passes over the input data and processing a "layer" of special characters with each pass. In this manner, the attacker can disguise input that would otherwise be rejected as invalid by concealing it with layers of special/escape characters that are stripped off by subsequent processing steps. The goal is to first discover cases where the input validation layer executes before one or more parsing layers. That is, user input may go through the following logic in an application: In such cases, the attacker will need to provide input that will pass through the input validator, but after passing through parser2, will be converted into something that the input validator was supposed to stop.
  • Argument Injection
    An attacker changes the behavior or state of a targeted application through injecting data or command syntax through the targets use of non-validated and non-filtered arguments of exposed services or methods.
  • OS Command Injection
    In this type of an attack, an adversary injects operating system commands into existing application functions. An application that uses untrusted input to build command strings is vulnerable. An adversary can leverage OS command injection in an application to elevate privileges, execute arbitrary commands and compromise the underlying operating system.
exploit-db via4
description Ubisoft uplay 2.0.3 Active X Control Arbitrary Code Execution. CVE-2012-4177. Remote exploit for windows platform
file exploits/windows/remote/20321.rb
id EDB-ID:20321
last seen 2016-02-02
modified 2012-08-08
platform windows
published 2012-08-08
reporter metasploit
title Ubisoft uplay 2.0.3 Active X Control Arbitrary Code Execution
type remote
metasploit via4
description The uplay ActiveX component allows an attacker to execute any command line action. User must sign in, unless auto-sign in is enabled and uplay must not already be running. Due to the way the malicious executable is served (WebDAV), the module must be run on port 80, so please make sure you have enough privilege to do that. Ubisoft released patch 2.04 as of Mon 20th July.
last seen 2019-03-13
modified 2018-09-15
published 2012-07-30
reliability Normal
reporter Rapid7
title Ubisoft uplay 2.0.3 ActiveX Control Arbitrary Code Execution
nessus via4
NASL family Windows
description According to its version number, the Ubisoft uPlay application installed on the remote host is prior to 2.0.4. It is, therefore, affected by a remote code execution vulnerability in the web browser plugin due to improper validation of user-supplied input passed via the '-orbit_exe_path' command line argument. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via a specially crafted website, to execute arbitrary code.
last seen 2019-02-21
modified 2018-11-15
plugin id 100961
published 2017-06-21
reporter Tenable
title Ubisoft uPlay < 2.0.4 Browser Plugin RCE
refmap via4
exploit-db 20321
fulldisc 20120729 Re: AxMan ActiveX fuzzing <== Memory Corruption PoC
osvdb 84402
Last major update 01-04-2013 - 23:19
Published 07-08-2012 - 16:55
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