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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

       Sierra Wireless ACEmanager Information Exposure Vulnerability
                               18 April 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Sierra Wireless ACEmanager
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Access Confidential Data -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-6479  

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-16-105-01)

Sierra Wireless ACEmanager Information Exposure Vulnerability

Original release date: April 14, 2016

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Independent researcher Maxim Rupp has identified an exposure of
sensitive information vulnerability in the Sierra Wireless ACEmanager
application. Sierra Wireless has produced a new version to mitigate this

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.


The following Sierra Wireless versions are affected:

    LS300 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier,
    GX400 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier,
    GX440 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier,
    ES440 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier,
    GX450 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier, and
    ES450 running ALEOS 4.4.2 and earlier.


Sierra Wireless has outlined the threat associated with attackers having
access to the filteredlogs.txt file. Because of the diagnostic nature of
such files, an attacker may be able to learn operational characteristics
of the gateway, e.g., the sequence of operations at boot time.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique
to each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate
the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment,
architecture, and product implementation.


Sierra Wireless is a Canadian-based company that maintains offices in several
countries around the world, including the United States, France, and China.

The affected product, Sierra Wireless ACEmanager, is a gateway that provides
connectivity to industrial, enterprise, and transportation organizations
around the world. According to Sierra Wireless, ACEmanager is deployed across
several sectors including Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing,
Energy, Water and Wastewater Systems, and others. Sierra Wireless estimates
that these products are used primarily in Canada, the United States,
and Europe.




The file filteredlogs.txt is available without authorization. No
sensitive information is written to the accessible log file, although
because of the diagnostic nature of such files an attacker may be able
to learn operational characteristics of the device, e.g., the sequence of
operations at boot time. The accessible log file only persists until the
next log view operation or until the device reboots.

CVE-2016-6479[b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS
v3 base score of 4.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is



This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.


No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.


An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit this vulnerability.


Sierra Wireless has produced a new version to mitigate this
vulnerability. This update can be downloaded 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.
    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:
http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/recommended-practices. Several
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-538: File and Directory Information Exposure,
    http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/538.html, web site last accessed
    April 14, 2016.
    NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-6479 ,
    NIST uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web
    site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory.
    CVSS Calculator,
    web site last accessed April 14, 2016.

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