Public Vulnerability Reports

LiveData Protocol Server Heap Overflow Vulnerability



LiveData is a provider of real-time data acquisition and processing software. LiveData Protocol Server is used in SCADA environments to record and transmit data to other control points in process control networks. The LiveData server includes a HTTP server that offers a SOAP interface to the product. More information is available at the vendor's web site at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability within LiveData's Protocol Server could allow an attacker to cause the service to crash or potentially execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.

The vulnerability specifically exists due to the the handling of requests for WSDL files. By supplying a specially crafted request to the service on port 8080, an attacker is able to supply a negative length value to a strncpy call. This value is interpreted by strncpy as a very large positive value. As a result, a memory access violation occurs when attempting to write data past the end of the heap memory segment.


Exploitation allows an attacker to crash the LiveDataServer service or potentially execute arbitrary code.

Arbitrary code execution would depend on overwriting heap data that is used within a different thread. A race condition would have to exist where the flow of execution would be diverted before the application terminated from the memory access violation.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in LiveData Protocol Server version 5.00.045 which was the current release as of September 13th 2006.


In order to mitigate potential exploitation, iDefense recommends blocking access to port 8080 by using a firewall.


LiveData has addressed this vulnerability with updated versions of their software. The following versions are reported to be fixed.

 RTI update 500062 Protocol Server update 500062 Maintenance Server update 500062 


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


01/02/2007 Initial vendor notification
01/03/2007 Initial vendor response
05/02/2007 Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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