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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
5 April 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Omron CX-Programmer
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2019-6556
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Original release date: April 04, 2019
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 6.6
o ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Omron
o Equipment: CX-Programmer within CX-One
o Vulnerability: Use After Free
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to
execute code under the privileges of the application.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following version of CX-Programmer within CX-One is affected:
o CX-Programmer v9.70 and prior
o Common Components January 2019 and prior
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 USE AFTER FREE CWE-416
When processing project files, the application fails to check if it is
referencing freed memory. An attacker could use a specially crafted project
file to exploit and execute code under the privileges of the application.
CVE-2019-6556 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
6.6 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Japan
Esteban Ruiz (mr_me) of Source Incite, working with Trend Micro's Zero Day
Initiative, reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.
Omron has released an updated version of CX-One to address the vulnerability.
This release is available through the CX-One auto-update service.
o CX-Programmer Version 9.7.1
o Common Components April 2019
NCCIC recommends that users take the following measures to protect themselves
from social engineering attacks:
o Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
o Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on
avoiding email scams.
o Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more
information on social engineering attacks.
NCCIC also 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. This
vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.
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