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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-17-306-02) Advantech WebAccess Stack-based Buffer Overflow
3 November 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Advantech WebAccess
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2017-14016 CVE-2017-12719
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Original release date: November 02, 2017
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CVSS v3 7.3
ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.
Vulnerabilities: Stack-based Buffer Overflow, Untrusted Pointer Dereference
The following versions of WebAccess, an HMI platform, are affected:
- -WebAccess versions prior to V8.2_20170817
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow remote code
Advantech has released a new version of WebAccess to address the reported
vulnerabilities. Users can download the latest version of WebAccess at the
following location (registration required):
http://www.advantech.com/industrial-automation/webaccess (link is external)
NCCIC/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. 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.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.
STACK-BASED BUFFER OVERFLOW CWE-121
The application lacks proper validation of the length of user-supplied data
prior to copying it to a stack-based buffer, which could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code under the context of the process.
CVE-2017-14016 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 6.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
UNTRUSTED POINTER DEREFERENCE CWE-822
A remote attacker is able to execute code to dereference a pointer within the
program causing the application to become unavailable.
CVE-2017-12719 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 7.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
Steven Seeley, working with Zero Day Initiative, reported the vulnerabilities
Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Water and
Countries/Areas Deployed: East Asia, United States, Europe
Company Headquarters Location: Taiwan
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