CVE-2012-5161 – Vulnerability in Citrix XenApp could result in arbitrary code execution

Description of Problem

A vulnerability has been identified in the XML Service interface of XenApp that could potentially be used by a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of a service account on a XenApp server. The vulnerability could potentially be exploited by sending a specially crafted packet to the vulnerable component.

This vulnerability affects Citrix XenApp versions 6.5 both with, and without, Feature Pack 1.

This vulnerability has been assigned the following CVE:

    • CVE-2012-5161

Mitigating Factors

In order to exploit this issue, the attacker would need to be able to access the XML Service interface. In a normal deployment, the XML Service would not be directly exposed to the Internet.

What Customers Should Do

Hotfixes have been released to address this issue. Citrix strongly recommends that all customers install these hotfixes, which can be downloaded from the following locations:

Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Feature Pack 1: CTX135025 – Hotfix XA650R01W2K8R2X64033 – For Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 – English

Customers that are not able to upgrade to XenApp 6.5 with Feature Pack 1 may use the hotfix for the release version of XenApp 6.5 which is available at the following location: Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2: CTX135499 – Hotfix XA650W2K8R2X64036 – For Citrix XenApp 6.5 for Windows Server 2008 R2 – English

What Citrix Is Doing

Citrix is notifying customers and channel partners about this potential security issue. This article is also available from the Citrix Knowledge Center at

Obtaining Support on This Issue

If you require technical assistance with this issue, please contact Citrix Technical Support. Contact details for Citrix Technical Support are available at

Reporting Security Vulnerabilities to Citrix

Citrix welcomes input regarding the security of its products and considers any and all potential vulnerabilities seriously. If you would like to report a security issue to Citrix, please compose an e-mail to stating the exact version of the product in which the vulnerability was found and the steps needed to reproduce the vulnerability.


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