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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

          ABB DataManagerPro Credential Management Vulnerability
                             16 September 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           ABB DataManagerPro
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-4526  

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-16-259-02)

ABB DataManagerPro Credential Management Vulnerability

Original release date: September 15, 2016

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NCCIC/ICS-CERT received a report from Trend Micros Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) 
concerning a credential management vulnerability in ABBs DataManagerPro 
application. Security researcher Andrea Micalizzi reported this vulnerability
to ZDI. ABB has produced a new version to mitigate this vulnerability.


ABB reports that the vulnerability affects the following versions of 

    DataManagerPro, all versions: 1.0.0 to 1.7.0


An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could insert and run
arbitrary code on a computer where the affected product is used.

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


ABB is a Switzerland-based company that maintains offices in several countries
around the world.

The affected product, DataManagerPro, is data analysis software. According to
ABB, DataManagerPro is deployed in the Energy sector. ABB estimates that this
product is used worldwide.




An authenticated user may swap DLLs in the package directory to elevate 
permissions to administrator.

CVE-2016-4526 [b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score 
of 7.2 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is 
(AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H). [c]



This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely and cannot be exploited without
user interaction.


No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.


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


ABB has produced a new version (Version 1.7.1) to mitigate this vulnerability.
ABB recommends that users apply the update at their earliest convenience. 
Users may find more information in ABBs security advisory (ABB-VU-BUMP-089290)
located on its web site at the following location:

(link is external)

ABB recommends security practices and firewall configurations to help protect
systems from attacks that originate from outside the network. Such practices 

- - Carefully inspect any files transferred between computers, including 
scanning them with uptodate antivirus software, so that only legitimate files
may be transferred.

- - User account management, appropriate authentificaton and permission 
management using the principle of least privilege.

More information on recommended practices can be found in the following ABB 

3BSE032547, Whitepaper - Security for Industrial Automation and Control 

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. 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 ICSCERT 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.

a. CWE-427: Uncontrolled Search Path Element, 
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/427.html, web site last accessed 
September 15, 2016.

b. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-4526 , NIST 
uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web site will be 
active sometime after publication of this advisory.

c. CVSS Calculator, 
https://www.first.org/cvss/calculator/3.0#CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S... ,
web site last accessed September 15, 2016.

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