Fortinet Discovers Intel Parallel Studio XE Setup DLL Pre-Loading Vulnerability
Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a DLL preloading vulnerability in Intel's Parallel Studio XE 2017.
Intel Parallel Studio XE is a software development product that facilitates native code development on Windows, macOS and Linux in C++ and Fortran for parallel computing. Parallel programming enables software programs to take advantage of multi-core processors from Intel and other processor vendors.
Intel's Parallel Studio XE 2017 for Windows is susceptible to a DLL preloading vulnerability. The issue occurs when the application looks to load a DLL for execution and an attacker provides a malicious DLL to use instead. The application generally follows a specific search path to locate the DLL. The vulnerability can be exploited by a simple file write (or potentially an over-write) which results in a foreign DLL running under the context of the application.
SolutionsNo vendor patch is available.
Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Intel on May 18, 2017.
Intel confirmed the vulnerability on July 19, 2018.