[Control System] Rockwell Automation Security Update
Date: 15 May 2018
The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to vulnerabilities affecting Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Activation Manager Products.
Rockwell Automation has released a security advisory to address vulnerabilities in products which use the FactoryTalk Activation Manager, including Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and improper bounds checking on incoming data. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to access sensitive information, rewrite content, or cause a buffer overflow that could result in remote code execution.
- FactoryTalk Activation Manager v4.00 and v4.01 (Ships with Wibu-Systems CodeMeter v6.50b and earlier)
- FactoryTalk Activation Manager v4.00 and earlier(Ships with FlexNet Publisher v184.108.40.206 and earlier)
The following products require FactoryTalk Activation Manager to store and keep track of Rockwell Automation software products and activation files. Users who recognize products from the following list are using FactoryTalk Activation Manager:
- FactoryTalk AssetCentre
- FactoryTalk Batch
- FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix
- FactoryTalk eProcedure
- FactoryTalk Gateway
- FactoryTalk Historian Classic
- FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE)
- FactoryTalk Information Server
- FactoryTalk Metrics
- FactoryTalk Transaction Manager
- FactoryTalk VantagePoint
- FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME)
- FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE)
- FactoryTalk ViewPoint
- RSLinx Classic
- RSLogix 500
- RSLogix 5000
- RSLogix Emulate 5000
- SoftLogix 5800
- Studio 5000 Architect
- Studio 5000 Logix Designer
- Studio 5000 Logix Emulate
- Studio 5000 View Designer
CVE References: CVE-2015-8277, CVE-2017-13754
CCIRC recommends that owner/operators test and deploy the vendor released updates or workarounds to affected platforms accordingly. Rockwell Automation also encourages users to combine the updates above with these general security guidelines to employ multiple strategies simultaneously.
- Block all traffic to EtherNet/IP or other CIP protocol-based devices from outside the Manufacturing Zone by blocking or restricting access to Port 2222/TCP and UDP and Port 44818/TCP and UDP, using proper network infrastructure controls, such as firewalls, UTM devices, or other security appliances. For more information on TCP/UDP ports used by Rockwell Automation Products, see Knowledgebase Article ID 898270 available at: https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/898270/page/1 (Login required)
- Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, and ensure they are not accessible from the Internet.
- Locate control system networks and 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. VPN is only as secure as the connected devices.
ICS-CERT: ICSA-18-102-02 - Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation Manager: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSA-18-102-02
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