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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-270-01) Emerson AMS Device Manager
1 October 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Emerson AMS Device Manager
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-14808 CVE-2018-14804
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Emerson AMS Device Manager
Original release date: September 27, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 10.0
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Emerson
o Equipment: AMS Device Manager
o Vulnerabilities: Improper Access Control, Improper Privilege Management
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow arbitrary remote
code execution and malware injection.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of AMS Device Manager, an Asset Management System, are
o AMS Device Manager: v12.0 to v13.5
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER ACCESS CONTROL CWE-284
A specially crafted script may be run that allows arbitrary remote code
CVE-2018-14804 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
10.0 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/
3.2.2 IMPROPER PRIVILEGE MANAGEMENT CWE-269
Non-administrative users are able to change executable and library files on the
CVE-2018-14808 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
8.2 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:H
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Energy
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: United States
Sergey Temnikov of Kaspersky Lab and Emerson discovered and reported these
vulnerabilities to NCCIC.
Emerson recommends users patch the affected products listed below:
AMS Device Manager: v12.0 to v13.5 Software patches are available to users
with access to the Guardian Support Portal at:
Please refer to the Knowledge Base Articles for AMS NK-1700-0324, NK-1700-0252
and DeltaV NK-1800-0880 (DSN 18006) for more information.
Vulnerability CVE-2018-14808 cannot be exploited if application whitelisting is
implemented since it would prevent files from being overwritten.
To limit exposure to these and other vulnerabilities, Emerson recommends
deploying and configuring AMS Device Manager as described in the AMS Device
Manager Installation Guide which is available in Emerson's Guardian Support
NCCIC recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. 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.
For any questions related to this report, please contact the NCCIC at:
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
For industrial control systems cybersecurity information: http://
or incident reporting: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/Report-Incident?
The NCCIC continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can
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