Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Synology Photo Station Uploader DLL Preloading Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a DLL preloading vulnerability in Synology Photo Station Uploader.

Synology's Photo Station Uploader is an application for bulk uploading photos and videos to Photo Station. It creates thumbnails and converts videos to playable and high quality formats using the processing power of your computer instead of consuming the system resources of your DiskStation. It is integrated with the context menu in File Explorer or Finder on your Windows PC or Mac, so that you can upload photos by right-clicking.

Synology Photo Station Uploader before 1.4.2-084 is susceptible to multiple DLL preloading vulnerabilities. The issue occurs when the application looks to load a DLL for execution and loads an attacker provided malicious DLL instead of the legitimate DLL. The application generally follows a specific search path to locate the DLL. The vulnerability can be exploited by a simple file write (or potentially an over-write) which results in a foreign DLL (located in the current working directory) running under the context of the application.


Users should apply the solution provided by Synology.

Additional Information

Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Synology on July 7, 2017.

Synology released patch for it on August 23, 2017.


This vulnerability was discovered by Kushal Arvind Shah of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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