ESB-2018.0512 - [Win][UNIX/Linux] ABB netCADOPS Web Application: Access privileged data - Remote/unauthenticated 2018-02-21

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               ABB netCADOPS Web Application security update
                             21 February 2018


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:          ABB netCADOPS Web Application
Publisher:        ICS-CERT
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:    Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:       Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:        CVE-2018-5477  

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Advisory (ICSA-18-051-01)

ABB netCADOPS Web Application

Original release date: February 20, 2018

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CVSS v3 5.8

ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.

Vendor: ABB

Equipment: netCADOPS Web Application

Vulnerability: Information Exposure


The following versions of netCADOPS Web Application, a web interface, are

  o netCADOPS Web Application Version 3.4 and prior,
  o netCADOPS Web Application Version 7.1 and prior,
  o netCADOPS Web Application Version 7.2x and prior,
  o netCADOPS Web Application Version 8.0 and prior, and
  o netCADOPS Web Application Version 8.1 and prior.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow critical information
about the database to be exposed.


ABB has released the following product updates to mitigate the vulnerability:

  o ADMS Release 16, February 2018
  o ADMS Release 16, February 2018
  o ADMS 7.2.10 Release 16, February 2018
  o ADMS 8.0.20 Release 16, February 2018
  o ADMS Release 16, February 2018

Please see ABB Cyber Security Advisory number 9AKK107045A9236 for more
information about this vulnerability:
(link is external)

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

  o Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems,
    and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
  o Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and
    isolate them from the business network.
  o 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 website.

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 vulnerability exists in the password entry section of netCADOPS Web
Application that may expose critical database information.

CVE-2018-5477 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is 


Ismail Erkek reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.


Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Critical Manufacturing, Energy

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Switzerland

Contact Information

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

Email: (link sends e-mail)
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870

For industrial control systems cybersecurity information: 
or incident reporting:

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