BE-2021-0014: Use-after-free vulnerability in MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications

Bentley ID: BE-2021-0014
CVE ID: CVE-2021-34872
Severity: 7.8 (High)
Publication date: 7th December 2021
Revision date: 7th December 2021



MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications may be affected by a use-after-free vulnerability when opening maliciously crafted SKP files. Exploiting this vulnerability could lead to code execution.


The following vulnerability related to this advisory was discovered by TrendMicro ZDI: ZDI-CAN-14737.

Using an affected version of MicroStation or MicroStation-based application to open a SKP file containing maliciously crafted data can trigger a use-after-free vulnerability. Exploitation of this vulnerability within the parsing of SKP 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 SKP files coming from trusted sources.


 Thanks to Francis Provencher {PRL} for discovering this vulnerability.

Revision History

Date Description
7th December 2021 First version of the advisory