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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-161-01): Advantech WebAccess Node vulnerability
10 June 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: WebAccess Node Version 8.4.4 and prior
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2020-12019
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-161-01)
Advantech WebAccess Node
Original release date: June 09, 2020
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 9.8
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Advantech
o Equipment: WebAccess Node
o Vulnerability: Stack-based Buffer Overflow
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could crash the application being
accessed; a buffer overflow condition may allow remote code execution.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of WebAccess Node, an HMI platform, are affected:
o WebAccess Node Version 8.4.4 and prior
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 STACK-BASED BUFFER OVERFLOW CWE-121
The affected product is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow, which may
allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code.
CVE-2020-12019 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/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Water and
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: East Asia, United States, Europe
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Taiwan
Z0mb1E, working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative, reported this
vulnerability to CISA.
Advantech has released patch P0520844 for WebAccess Node Version 8.4.4 to
address the reported vulnerability.
CISA 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.
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov . 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 webpage on us-cert.gov 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 CISA for tracking
and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
For any questions related to this report, please contact the CISA at:
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
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