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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-270-02) Fuji Electric Alpha5 Smart Loader
1 October 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Fuji Electric Alpha5 Smart Loader
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-14794 CVE-2018-14788
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Fuji Electric Alpha5 Smart Loader
Original release date: September 27, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 9.8
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit/public exploits
o Vendor: Fuji Electric
o Equipment: Alpha5 Smart Loader
o Vulnerabilities: Classic Buffer Overflow, Heap-based Buffer Overflow
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary
remote code execution on the device.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of Alpha5 Smart Loader, a servo drive, are affected:
o Alpha5 Smart Loader Versions 3.7 and prior.
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 BUFFER COPY WITHOUT CHECKING SIZE OF INPUT ('CLASSIC BUFFER OVERFLOW')
A buffer overflow information disclosure vulnerability occurs when parsing
certain file types.
CVE-2018-14788 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L
3.2.2 HEAP-BASED BUFFER OVERFLOW CWE-122
The device does not perform a check on the length/size of a project file before
copying the entire contents of the file to a heap-based buffer.
CVE-2018-14794 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
9.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Commercial Facilities, Critical
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Europe and Asia
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Japan
Michael Flanders working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative reported these
vulnerabilities to NCCIC.
Fuji Electric has stated they are actively working on a resolution to the
reported vulnerabilities. This advisory will be updated once mitigation efforts
have been reported to NCCIC.
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.
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