ICS Advisory (ICSA-19-255-01)

3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH CODESYS V3 Web Server

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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • CVSS v3 10.0
  • ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
  • Vendor: 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH
  • Equipment: CODESYS V3 web server
  • Vulnerabilities: Path Traversal, Stack-based Buffer Overflow

2. RISK EVALUATION

Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to create a denial-of-service condition, to perform remote code execution, or to access restricted files.

3. TECHNICAL DETAILS

3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS

The following CODESYS V3 runtime systems, all versions prior to 3.5.14.10, containing the web server (CmpWebServer) are affected:

  • CODESYS Control for BeagleBone
  • CODESYS Control for emPC-A/iMX6
  • CODESYS Control for IOT2000
  • CODESYS Control for Linux
  • CODESYS Control for PFC100
  • CODESYS Control for PFC200
  • CODESYS Control for Raspberry Pi
  • CODESYS Control RTE V3
  • CODESYS Control RTE V3 (for Beckhoff CX)
  • CODESYS Control Win V3 (also part of the CODESYS Development System setup)
  • CODESYS HMI V3
  • CODESYS Control V3 Runtime System Toolkit
  • CODESYS V3 Embedded Target Visu Toolkit
  • CODESYS V3 Remote Target Visu Toolkit

In CODESYS V3, the web server is an optional part of the CODESYS runtime system.

3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW

3.2.1    IMPROPER LIMITATION OF A PATHNAME TO A RESTRICTED DIRECTORY ('PATH TRAVERSAL') CWE-22

Specially crafted http or https requests may allow an attacker access to files outside the restricted working directory of the controller.

CVE-2019-13532 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 7.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N).

3.2.2    STACK-BASED BUFFER OVERFLOW CWE-121

Specially crafted http or https requests could cause a stack overflow, which may create a denial-of-service condition or allow remote code execution.

CVE-2019-13548 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 10.0 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H).

3.3 BACKGROUND

  • CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
  • COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
  • COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany

3.4 RESEARCHER

Ivan Cheyrezy of Schneider Electric reported this vulnerability to 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH.

4. MITIGATIONS

3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH has released Versions 3.5.12.80, 3.5.14.10, and 3.5.15.0 to resolve the vulnerabilities for the affected CODESYS products.

Please visit the CODESYS update page for more information on how to obtain the software update: https://www.codesys.com/download/ 

Updating to Version 3.5.14.10 or higher is recommended over Version 3.5.12.80, which does not resolve the vulnerabilities for all affected products. Further details from 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH can be found in a security report at the following link:

https://www.codesys.com/fileadmin/data/customers/security/2019/Advisory2019-01_CDS-64543.pdf

As part of a security strategy, 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH recommends the following general defense measures to reduce the risk of exploits:

  • Use controllers and devices only in a protected environment to minimize network exposure and ensure that they are not accessible from outside.
  • Use firewalls to protect and separate the control system network from other networks.
  • Use VPN (virtual private networks) tunnels if remote access is required.
  •  Activate and apply user management and password features.
  • Limit the access to both development and control system by physical means, operating system features, etc.
  • Protect both development and control system by using up-to-date virus detecting solutions. For more information and general recommendations for protecting machines and plants, see also the CODESYS security whitepaper at https://customers.codesys.com/fileadmin/data/customers/security/CODESYS-Security-Whitepaper.pdf

CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov. Several recommended practices are available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.

Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly available on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov in the Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.

Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking and correlation against other incidents.

No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.


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