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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsa-20-212-01) Inductive Automation Ignition 8
31 July 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Inductive Automation Ignition 8
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Reduced Security -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2020-14520
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-212-01)
Inductive Automation Ignition 8
Original release date: July 30, 2020
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 7.5
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Inductive Automation
o Equipment: Ignition 8
o Vulnerability: Missing Authorization
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain
access to sensitive information.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of Inductive Automation Ignition are affected:
o Inductive Automation Ignition 8: All versions prior to 8.0.13
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 MISSING AUTHORIZATION CWE-862
The affected product is vulnerable to an information leak, which may allow an
attacker to obtain sensitive information. An HTTP request to the unprotected
API could be used to determine whether an arbitrary file path exists on the
filesystem. No authentication is required to perform this exploit.
CVE-2020-14520 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
7.5 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,
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: United States
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: United States
Mashav Sapir of Claroty reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Inductive Automation recommends users upgrade the Ignition software to v8.0.13
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
CISA continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can help by
choosing one of the links below to provide feedback about this product.
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