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Advisory (ICSA-14-058-01)

Schneider Electric Floating License Manager Vulnerability

Original release date: February 27, 2014

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OVERVIEW

Schneider Electric had become aware of an “unquoted service path” vulnerability in the Schneider Electric Floating License Manager, produced a patcha that mitigates this vulnerability, and notified NCCIC/ICS-CERT.

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

The following Schneider Electric Floating License Manager versions are affected:

  • Schneider Electric Floating License Manager Versions V1.0.0 through V1.4.0

This license manager is used in five Schneider Electric Products.

IMPACT

The unquoted service path vulnerability affects one of the services installed by the Floating License Manager. This vulnerability could allow attackers to start malicious programs as Windows services.

This license manager is used in the following Schneider Electric products:

  • Power Monitoring Expert,
  • Struxureware process Expert (PES),
  • Struxureware process Expert libraries,
  • Vijeo Citect (SCADA), and
  • Vijeo Citect Historian.

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

Schneider Electric is a European-based company that maintains offices in 190 countries worldwide.

These products are industrial active energy management control products, deployed across several sectors including the Commercial Facilities, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Government Facilities, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems. Schneider Electric estimates that these products are used primarily in the United States and North America.

VULNERABILITY CHARACTERIZATION

VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW

UNQUOTED SEARCH PATH OR ELEMENTb

The Schneider Electric Floating License Manager has an “unquoted service path” vulnerability. When the executable path of a service contains blanks, attackers can exploit this to execute malicious programs.

CVE-2014-0759c has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v2 base score of 6.9 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C).d

VULNERABILITY DETAILS

EXPLOITABILITY

This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely and cannot be exploited without user interaction. The exploit is only triggered when a local user runs the vulnerable application, and the executable path of a service contains blanks. Attackers can exploit this to start malicious programs as Windows service. To avoid this, such service paths in the registry must be surrounded with quotes.

EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT

No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.

DIFFICULTY

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

MITIGATION

Deployment of the Schneider Electric products using the vulnerable floating license manager are designed to be automatically updated via the Schneider Electric Software Update system.

Schneider Electric’s latest download patches and known vulnerabilities are available here:

http://www2.schneider-electric.com/sites/corporate/en/support/cybersecurity/cybersecurity.page

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 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 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 at: http://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/recommended-practices. Several recommended practices are available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies. ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying 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 Mitigation Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site (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.


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

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