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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Schneider Electric IMT25 DTM Vulnerability
13 August 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Schneider Electric IMT25 DTM
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2015-3977
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Schneider Electric IMT25 DTM Vulnerability
Original release date: August 11, 2015
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Alexander Bolshev, Gleb Cherbov, and Svetlana Cherkasova of Digital
Security have identified a memory corruption vulnerability in Schneider
Electric IMT25 DTM component. Schneider Electric has produced a patch that
mitigates this vulnerability. Digital Security has tested this patch to
validate that it resolves the vulnerability.
This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.
The following Schneider Electric IMT25 Magnetic Flow DTM versions are
IMT25 Magnetic Flow DTM, Version 1.500.000 and all previous versions.
The vulnerability produces an overwritten memory value that could cause
a denial of service and potentially remote code execution. The denial of
service would impact the DTM component and possibly the Frame Application
running the DTM software. Remote code execution means that a malicious
actor could execute commands and software at the same level of permissions
as the Frame Application on the machine hosting the Frame Application.
Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique
to each organization. NCICIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate
the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment,
architecture, and product implementation.
Schneider Electric's corporate headquarters is located in Paris, France. It
maintains offices in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The affected product, IMT25 Magnetic Flow DTM, is an FDT/DTM software
library. According to Schneider Electric, this is deployed across several
sectors including Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing, Energy,
Water and Wastewater Systems, and others. Schneider Electric estimates
that these products are used primarily in the United States and Europe
with a small percentage in Asia.
A specific memory value can be overwritten by sending a special reply to
a HART command. The overwritten memory value can cause a denial of service
and remote code execution.
CVE-2015-3977[b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS
v2 base score of 7.7 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
This vulnerability could be exploited remotely from an adjacent network.
EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
Crafting a working exploit for this vulnerability would be moderately
difficult. Access to an adjacent network is required to exploit. This
decreases the likelihood of a successful exploit.
Schneider Electric has produced a new version to mitigate this vulnerability,
and recommends customers download and install version 1.500.004 of the
DTM software. This software version can be found at:
Schneider Electric has published Security Notification SEVD-2015-215-01
with details about this vulnerability. This notice may be downloaded at
For further information on vulnerabilities in Schneider Electric's products,
please visit Schneider Electric's cybersecurity web page at
ICS-CERT recommends that 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.
Keep control system traffic seperate from other networks as much
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.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems
security recommended practices on the ICS-CERT web page at:
recommended practices are available for reading and download, including
Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth
Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are
publicly available in the ICS-CERT 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 ICS-CERT for
tracking and correlation against other incidents.
CWE-119: Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a
Memory Buffer, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/119.html, web
site last accessed August 06, 2015.
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site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory.
web site last accessed August 06, 2015
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