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Common Vulnerability Exposure BE-2021-0011

BE-2021-0011: Use-after-free vulnerabilities in MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications

Bentley ID: BE-2021-0011
CVE ID: CVE-2021-46613, CVE-2021-46627
Severity: 7.8 (High)
Publication date: 7th December 2021
Revision date: 4th February 2022


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


The following vulnerabilities related to this advisory was discovered by TrendMicro ZDI: ZDI-CAN-15407, ZDI-CAN-15457.

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

Affected Versions

ApplicationsAffected VersionsMitigated Versions
MicroStationVersions prior to 10.16.02.*10.16.02.* and more recent
Bentley ViewVersions 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 DXF files coming from trusted sources.


Thanks to Mat Powell of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative for discovering these vulnerabilities.

Revision History

7th December 2021First version of the advisory
4th February 2022Adding the CVE numbers provided by ZDI