NIM092795: ArcGIS for Server allows the upload of executable files

Last Published: April 25, 2020


ArcGIS for Server allows the upload of executable files. To upload an executable file, the user must be a publisher or administrator of ArcGIS for Server.

An individual or entity with malicious intent could upload .exe files to the ArcGIS for Server machine if they managed to get publisher or administrator access to ArcGIS for Server.

CVE Reference
CVE-2013-5221 Inadequate filtering of mobile uploads
Vector:AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P Base Score: 6
This vulnerability may be viewed as a standard entry in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list.

Esri thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:

• Roberto Suggi Liverani of NCIA-NCIRC for reporting this vulnerability.


ArcGIS for Server was not checking one area of the software to ensure that only allowed file types were being uploaded.


Esri has released two patches that address security vulnerabilities that affect ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 for Server and ArcGIS 10.2 for Server. Esri recommends that ArcGIS Server customers apply the appropriate patch:

ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 for Server Security Patch
ArcGIS 10.2 for Server Security Patch

    Article ID:000011864

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