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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-151-02) GE MDS PulseNET and MDS PulseNET Enterprise
1 June 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: GE MDS PulseNET
GE MDS PulseNET Enterprise
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Delete Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-10615 CVE-2018-10613 CVE-2018-10611
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Advisory (ICSA-18-151-02) GE MDS PulseNET and MDS PulseNET Enterprise
Original release date: May 31, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
CVSS v3 7.3
ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
Equipment: MDS PulseNET and MDS PulseNET Enterprise
Vulnerabilities: Improper Authentication, Improper Restriction of XML
External Entity Reference, Relative Path Traversal
2. RISK EVALUATION
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow elevation of privilege and
exfiltration of information on the host platform.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
GE reports that the vulnerabilities affect the following MDS PulseNET
PulseNET Version 3.2.1 and prior and,
PulseNET Enterprise Version 3.2.1 and prior.
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER AUTHENTICATION CWE-287
Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI) input port may be exploited to allow
unauthenticated users to launch applications and support remote code execution
through Web Services.
CVE-2018-10611 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 7.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
3.2.2 IMPROPER RESTRICTION OF XML EXTERNAL ENTITY REFERENCE ('XXE') CWE-611
Multiple variants of XML External Entity (XXE) attacks may be used to
exfiltrate data from the host Windows platform.
CVE-2018-10613 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
3.2.3 RELATIVE PATH TRAVERSAL CWE-23
Directory traversal may lead to files being exfiltrated or deleted on the host
CVE-2018-10615 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 4.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
o Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Energy, Water and Wastewater Systems, and
o Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
o Company Headquarters Location: United States
rgod reported the vulnerabilities to Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).
GE has modified the product architecture and software of PulseNET. The latest
version mitigates these specific vulnerabilities. GE encourages users to
update PulseNET to Version 4.1 or newer to eliminate these vulnerabilities.
Updates for PulseNET are available at:
Updates to PulsetNET Enterprise are available at:
In addition, GE recommends securing the PulseNET server using a defense in
depth approach. Some key security considerations when deploying the PulseNET
application include ensuring:
o Electronic and physical access to the PulseNET server is limited to only
authorized individuals and clients
o The host server is dedicated to the PulseNET application only
o The PulseNET server is not accessible from the Internet
o The principle of least privilege is applied to the host operating system
o The PulseNET server is appropriately hardened and maintained to the current
patch level as prescribed by the OEM
o The PulseNET server is restricted to communicating with MDS hosts only.
GE has published a product bulletin with mitigation for these vulnerabilities
on their webpage at the following location:
NCCIC recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of these vulnerabilities. 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 on the ICS-CERT website in the Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
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 these vulnerabilities.
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