ESB-2018.0332 - [Win] CODESYS Web Server: Execute arbitrary code/commands - Remote/unauthenticated 2018-02-02

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                         Advisory (ICSA-18-032-02)
                              2 February 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           CODESYS Web Server
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                   Denial of Service               -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2018-5440  

Original Bulletin:

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3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH CODESYS Web Server

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CVSS v3 9.8

ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.

Vendor: 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH

Equipment: CODESYS Web Server

Vulnerability: Stack-based Buffer Overflow


All Microsoft Windows (also WinCE) based CODESYS web servers running stand-alone
Version 2.3, or as part of the CODESYS runtime system running prior to Version
V1.1.9.19, are affected.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could cause the device the
attacker is accessing to crash, resulting in a buffer overflow condition that
may allow remote code execution.


This vulnerability will be fixed by patch V. for the CODESYS V2.3 web
server for Windows. This will be part of the CODESYS setup V2.3.9.56. The
release of this security patch was made available on January 30, 2018.

Currently, 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH has not identified any workarounds
for this vulnerability.

In general, 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH recommends the following defensive
measures to reduce the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability:

    Use controllers and devices only in a protected environment to minimize
    network exposure and ensure they are not accessible from outside.

    Use firewalls to protect and separate the control system network from other

    Use VPN (Virtual Private Networks) tunnels if remote access is required.

    Protect both development and control systems from unauthorized access (e.g.,
    by means of the operating system).

    Protect both development and control system by using up-to-date virus
    detecting solutions.

For additional information regarding the CODESYS products, or about the
described vulnerability, please contact the 3S-Smart Software Solutions support
team at this location:

For additional information find the CODESYS Security update at the following

For more information and general recommendations for protecting machines and
manufacturing facilities, see the CODESYS Security whitepaper available at this

NCCIC recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:

    Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, and
    ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.

    Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and
    isolate them from the business network.

    When remote access is required, use secure methods, such as Virtual Private
    Networks (VPNs), recognizing that VPNs may have vulnerabilities and should
    be updated to the most current version available. Also recognize that VPN is
    only as secure as the connected devices.

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

NCCIC also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS-CERT web page. 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
in the NCCIC Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber
Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies, that is available for download
from the ICS-CERT web site.

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

No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.



A crafted request may cause a buffer overflow and could therefore execute
arbitrary code on the web server or lead to a denial-of-service condition due to
a crash in the web server.

CVE-2018-5440 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
9.8 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is


Zhu WenZhe of Istury IOT security lab reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.


Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Critical Manufacturing, Energy

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Kempten, Germany

Contact Information

For any questions related to this report, please contact the NCCIC at:

Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870

For industrial control systems cybersecurity information:

or incident reporting:

The NCCIC continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can
help by choosing one of the links below to provide feedback about this product.

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