3S CODESYS Gateway 2.3.9.27 Gateway Use After Free

2013.05.28
Credit: USCERT
Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: Yes
CWE: CWE-399


CVSS Base Score: 10/10
Impact Subscore: 10/10
Exploitability Subscore: 10/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Low
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Complete
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

This advisory provides mitigation details for a vulnerability that impacts the 3S CODESYS Gateway application. OVERVIEW Independent researcher Nicholas Miles has identified a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability in the 3S CODESYS Gateway application. 3S has produced an update that mitigates this vulnerability. Nicholas Miles has tested this update and validates that it resolves the vulnerability. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could cause a DoS condition and may also allow the possibility of remote execution of arbitrary code. The Gateway-Server is a third-party component found in multiple control systems manufacturer’s products. This vulnerability could be exploited remotely. AFFECTED PRODUCTS The following 3S products are affected: CODESYS Gateway, Version 2.3.9.27 This product is also used in many products sold by other vendors. Control systems vendors should review their products, identify those that incorporate the affected software, and take appropriate steps to update their products and notify customers. IMPACT If exploited, an attacker could use this vulnerability to remotely cause a DoS with a system crash within the Gateway server application. Remote execution of arbitrary code may also be possible. Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to each organization. ICS‑CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment, architecture, and product implementation. BACKGROUND According to the 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH Web site,a CODESYS is used in virtually all sectors of the automation industry by manufacturers of industrial controllers or intelligent automation devices, by end users in many different industries, or by system integrators who offer automation solutions with CODESYS. This vulnerability affects products primarily found in the energy, critical manufacturing, and industrial automation industries. VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW USE AFTER FREEb The vulnerability is caused by referencing memory that has been previously freed by the process. This condition commonly causes a system crash and may also present the possibility for execution of arbitrary code. CVE-2013-2781c has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v2 base score of 10.0 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C).d VULNERABILITY DETAILS EXPLOITABILITY This vulnerability could be exploited remotely. EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. DIFFICULTY An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit this vulnerability. MITIGATION 3S has produced a patch that is available for download from the 3S CODESYS Download page: http://www.codesys.com/support-training/self-help/downloads-updates.html Please contact CODESYS Support for any additional questions concerning the update. ICS‑CERT encourages asset owners to take additional defensive measures to protect against this and other cybersecurity risks. Minimize network exposure for all control system devices. Critical devices should not directly face 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 VPN is only as secure as the connected devices. ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS-CERT Web page. Several recommended practices are available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.e ICS‑CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to taking defensive measures. 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,f that is available for download from the ICS-CERT Web page (http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/). 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. a. http://www.3s-software.com Web site last accessed May 22, 2013. b. CWE-416: Use After Free, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/416.html, Web site last accessed May 22, 2013. c. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2013-2781, NIST uses this advisory to create the CVE Web site report. This Web site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory. d. CVSS Calculator, http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?version=2&vector=(AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C), Web site last accessed May 22, 2013. e. CSSP Recommended Practices, http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/recommended-practices, Web site last accessed May 22, 2013. f. Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies, http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/ics-tip-12-146-01b-update-targeted-cyber-intrusion-detection-and-mitigation-strategies , Web site last accessed May 22, 2013. Contact Information For any questions related to this report, please contact ICS-CERT at: Email: ics-cert@hq.dhs.gov Toll Free: 1-877-776-7585 International Callers: (208) 526-0900

References:

http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSA-13-142-01
http://www.codesys.com/support-training/self-help/downloads-updates.html


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