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ESB-2015.2627 - [Win] 3S CODESYS Runtime Toolkit: Denial of service - Remote/unauthenticated

Date: 19 October 2015

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

     3S CODESYS Runtime Toolkit Null Pointer Dereference Vulnerability
                              19 October 2015


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           3S CODESYS Runtime Toolkit
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2015-6482  

Original Bulletin:

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Advisory (ICSA-15-288-01)

3S CODESYS Runtime Toolkit Null Pointer Dereference Vulnerability

Original release date: October 15, 2015

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Nicholas Miles of Tenable Network Security has identified a NULL
pointer dereference vulnerability in 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH's
CODESYS Runtime Toolkit. 3S has produced a new version to mitigate this

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.


The following CODESYS software versions are affected:

    CODESYS Runtime Toolkit, versions prior to Version


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker
to crash the Runtime Toolkit, resulting in a denial of service condition.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique
to each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate
the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment,
architecture, and product implementation.


3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH is headquartered in Kempten, Germany,
and has distributors in more than 10 countries worldwide.

The affected product, CODESYS Runtime Toolkit, is embedded third-party
software. According to 3S, CODESYS is deployed across several sectors
including Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation Systems, and
others. 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH estimates that these products
are used worldwide.




A crafted request may allow a NULL pointer dereference that could crash
the Runtime Toolkit causing a denial-of-service condition.

CVE-2015-6482 [b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS
v3 base score of 7.5 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
(AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H). [c]



This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.


No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.


An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit this vulnerability.


3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH has released a new version of CODESYS,
Version, which contains a new version of the Runtime Toolkit,
Version CODESYS, Version is available at the following
location with a valid user account:

For additional information about the new version of CODESYS or questions
about the vulnerability, the CODESYS Support Team's contact information
is as follows:

ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the
risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:

    Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems,
    and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
    Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls,
    and isolate them from the business network.
    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.

ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems
security recommended practices on the ICS-CERT web page at: Several
recommended practices are available for reading and download, including
Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth

Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are
publicly available in the ICS-CERT Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site

Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for
tracking and correlation against other incidents.

    CWE-476: NULL Pointer Dereference,, web site last accessed
    October 15, 2015.
    NIST uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web
    site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory.
    CVSS Calculator,,
    web site last accessed October 15, 2015.

Contact Information

For any questions related to this report, please contact ICS-CERT at:

Toll Free: 1-877-776-7585
International Callers: (208) 526-0900

For industrial control systems security information and incident reporting:

ICS-CERT 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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