DX Library vulnerable to remote code execution


DX Library is an open source library for creating Windows applications. DX Library contains a remote code execution vulnerability due to an issue in printfDx().

Tomoya Kitagawa of Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.
CVSS Severity (What is CVSS?)

CVSS V3 Severity:
Base Metrics 8.1 (High) [IPA Score]
  • Attack Vector: Network
  • Attack Complexity: High
  • Privileges Required: None
  • User Interaction: None
  • Scope: Unchanged
  • Confidentiality Impact: High
  • Integrity Impact: High
  • Availability Impact: High
CVSS V2 Severity:
Base Metrics 5.1 (Medium) [IPA Score]
  • Access Vector: Network
  • Access Complexity: High
  • Authentication: None
  • Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  • Integrity Impact: Partial
  • Availability Impact: Partial
Affected Products

Takumi Yamada
  • DX Library for VisualC++ Ver3.13f to Ver3.16b
  • DX Library for BorlandC++ Ver3.13f to Ver3.16b
  • DX Library for Gnu C++ Ver3.13f to Ver3.16b


When processing a specially crafted string, an application built using DX Library may allow arbitrary code to be executed.

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Vendor Information

Takumi Yamada
CWE (What is CWE?)

  1. Uncontrolled Format String(CWE-134) [IPA Evaluation]
CVE (What is CVE?)

  1. CVE-2016-4819

  1. JVN : JVN#15205734
  2. National Vulnerability Database (NVD) : CVE-2016-4819
Revision History

  • [2016/06/08]
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