[Control System] Rockwell Automation Security Update

Number: AV18-082
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.

Affected products:

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:

CVE References: CVE-2015-8277, CVE-2017-13754

Suggested Action

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.


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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