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HP LoadRunner buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#987308

Original Release Date: 2011-05-31 | Last Revised: 2011-05-31


HP LoadRunner contains a buffer overflow vulnerability when parsing Virtual User script files.


According to HP's website: HP LoadRunner software is the industry standard for performance validation. It allows you to prevent application performance problems by detecting bottlenecks before a new system or upgrade is deployed. HP LoadRunner contains a buffer overflow vulnerability when parsing Virtual User script (.usr) files containing long strings for directives, causing the HP LoadRunner application to crash.


An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into opening a crafted .usr file, causing HP LoadRunner to crash leading to possible execution of arbitrary code.


HP has stated they are planning to release a patch to address this vulnerability. As of this writing the patch has not been released.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Hewlett-Packard Company

Notified:  December 08, 2010 Updated:  May 23, 2011



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A



Thanks to Jeremy Brown for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Michael Orlando.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 0.34
Date Public: 2011-05-31
Date First Published: 2011-05-31
Date Last Updated: 2011-05-31 18:11 UTC
Document Revision: 11

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