Do a search on Orbix in Google.
Arun PRiyan, CAD Support Engineer
Turning off Windows firewall or adding an exception seems dangerous since no one has come up with an explaination of what this file is. Besides that, this site says people use files with that same name for malware. http://www.file.net/process/orbixd.exe.html
I'll stay on the safe side unless someone comes up with a reason why I should let that file get thru.
Timothy John Suhr
From the DS User Guide:
The StartB batch command lets you install Version 5 without the graphical user interface. You can install all Version 5 software except online documentation in batch mode. You can copy the software into a folder on the source computer, or simply insert the Version 5 CD-ROM into the drive. Then, you can log onto another computer, the client, on which you want to install Version 5, map the drive containing the folder (or the CD-ROM drive directly) and run the StartB batch command to install Version 5 over the network.
I don't feel like anyone in this thread sufficiently answered the question. Let me start by saying security tools, like firewalls, always have a tradeoff between security and convenience. Most people who use CATIA cannot afford to trade security for convenience. You shouldn't be allowed to turn off your firewall by company policy and for good reason. With that out of the way, the answer you've been waiting 15 years for.
They say "Orbix provides the world's most widely deployed enterprise CORBA solutions. Most of the world's phone calls are touched by Micro Focus's enterprise CORBA products. Three-quarters of the world's largest financial institutions have Micro Focus products in their most critical IT systems. Micro Focus' CORBA is embedded in telephone switches, online brokerage systems, multimedia news delivery, airline front desk systems, rail and road traffic control, large scale banking systems, credit card clearance, subway management, and CAD systems."
Ok, we see the reference to CAD systems being advertised but this answer begs the question "What is CORBA?"
According to Wiki "The Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is a standard defined by the Object Management Group (OMG) designed to facilitate the communication of systems that are deployed on diverse platforms. CORBA enables collaboration between systems on different operating systems, programming languages, and computing hardware. CORBA uses an object-oriented model although the systems that use the CORBA do not have to be object-oriented. CORBA is an example of the distributed object paradigm."
So it's a way of storing data in an agnostic way, used by CAD programs.
For more information Orbix documentation is here: https://www.microfocus.com/documentation/orbix/
Interesting note is that their forums cite "cobol": https://community.microfocus.com/cobol/orbix/
So we can trace this back to the very roots of CATIA.
To the point: "Why does orbixd.exe need access to open incoming ports in your firewall?" To which I would say "It does not!". The only reason you would allow this communication to occur is if your system was hosting objects to a remote system. Sounds like a vulnerability that could leak CAD data to me. Maybe this is used by some PDM or something but it shouldn't be granted on every default install. A great clue is that the software still works if you deny permission. I'm always suspicious of access requests that aren't required for operation. If the software still works without it, why did it ask for permission?
EDIT: It is not required for installing over a network because I do that all the time while denying access to this request.
Adam Kauffman[Subscriber Members] @ Jul 21, 2022 - 02:38 PM (America/Pacific)