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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-287-03) - Flexera InstallShield
14 October 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Flexera InstallShield
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2016-2542
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-287-03)
Original release date: October 13, 2020
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 7.3
o ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Flexera
o Equipment: InstallShield
o Vulnerability: Untrusted Search Path
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow execution of a
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of Flexera InstallShield are affected:
o Flexera InstallShield through 2015 SP1
o Flexera InstallShield is integrated into many products sold by other
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 UNTRUSTED SEARCH PATH CWE-426
The affected product is subject to an untrusted search path vulnerability,
which may allow an attacker to execute a malicious DLL if placed into the
working directory of the setup-launcher executable file through social
CVE-2016-2542 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
7.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Multiple Sectors
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: United States
An anonymous researcher reported this vulnerability to Flexera.
It is recommended that users contact the product's vendor support team for
guidance on any mitigations and workarounds regarding Flexera InstallShield
issues in relation to that product.
For more information see Flexera's KBR-Article .
CISA recommends users take the following measures to protect themselves from
social engineering attacks:
o Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
o Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on
avoiding email scams.
o Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more
information on social engineering attacks.
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov . Several recommended practices are available
for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems
Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies .
Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly available
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov in the Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking
and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This
vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.
For any questions related to this report, please contact the CISA at:
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