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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-275-01) Delta Electronics ISPSoft
3 October 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Delta Electronics ISPSoft
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
Denial of Service -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2018-14800
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Delta Electronics ISPSoft
Original release date: October 02, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 5.3
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/Low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Delta Electronics
o Equipment: ISPSoft
o Vulnerability: Stack-based Buffer Overflow
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to
execute code under the context of the application.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of ISPSoft, a PLC program development tool, are
o ISPSoft Version 3.0.5 and prior.
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 STACK-BASED BUFFER OVERFLOW CWE-121
By opening a crafted file, an attack can cause the application to read past the
boundary allocated to a stack object, which could allow execution of code under
the context of the application.
CVE-2018-14800 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR: Critical Manufacturing
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Taiwan
Ariele Caltabiano (kimiya) working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative
reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.
Delta Electronics recommends affected users update to ISPSoft v3.0.6 or newer.
The update can be downloaded from the following location:
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 this vulnerability.
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