BE-2021-0004: Out-of-bounds and use-after-free vulnerabilities in MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications

Bentley ID: BE-2021-0004
CVE ID: CVE-2021-34874, CVE-2021-34875, CVE-2021-34880, CVE-2021-34889, CVE-2021-34894, CVE-2021-34895, CVE-2021-34901, CVE-2021-34911, CVE-2021-46575, CVE-2021-46586, CVE-2021-46587, CVE-2021-46592, CVE-2021-46595, CVE-2021-46602, CVE-2021-46607, CVE-2021-46623
Severity: 7.8 (High)
Publication date: 7th December 2021
Revision date: 4th February 2022



MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications may be affected by out-of-bounds and use-after-free vulnerabilities when opening maliciously crafted 3DS files. Exploiting these vulnerabilities could lead to code execution.


The following vulnerabilities related to this advisory were discovered by TrendMicro ZDI : ZDI-CAN-14736, ZDI-CAN-14827, ZDI-CAN-14833, ZDI-CAN-14842, ZDI-CAN-14847, ZDI-CAN-14862, ZDI-CAN-14874, ZDI-CAN-14884, ZDI-CAN-15369, ZDI-CAN-15380, ZDI-CAN-15381, ZDI-CAN-15386, ZDI-CAN-15389, ZDI-CAN-15396, ZDI-CAN-15401, ZDI-CAN-15453.

Using an affected version of MicroStation or MicroStation-based application to open a 3DS file containing maliciously crafted data can force an out-of-bounds or use-after-free vulnerability. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities within the parsing of 3DS files could enable an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current process. 


Affected Versions:

Applications Affected Versions Mitigated Versions
MicroStation Versions prior to 10.16.02.* 10.16.02.* and more recent
Bentley View Versions prior to 10.16.02.* 10.16.02.* and more recent

Recommended Mitigations

Bentley recommends updating to the latest versions of MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications. As a general best practice, it is also recommended to only open 3DS files coming from trusted sources.


 Thanks to Francis Provencher {PRL} for discovering ZDI-CAN-14736
Thanks to Mat Powell of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative for discovering the rest of the vulnerabilities related to this advisory


Revision History

Date Description
7th December 2021 First version of the advisory
4th February 2022  Added new CVE numbers provided by ZDI