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Alert (ICS-ALERT-16-263-01)

BINOM3 Electric Power Quality Meter Vulnerabilities

Original release date: September 19, 2016

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SUMMARY

NCCIC/ICS-CERT is aware of a public report by Karn Ganeshen of vulnerabilities affecting the BINOM3 Electric Power Quality Meter, a meter designed for autonomous operation in automated systems. According to this report, the vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable. This report was released after the researcher coordinated with ICS-CERT. ICS-CERT has attempted to notify the affected vendor of the report without success. ICS-CERT is issuing this alert to provide early notice of the report and identify baseline mitigations for reducing risks to these and other cybersecurity attacks.

The report included vulnerability details for the following vulnerabilities:


Vulnerability Type
Remotely ExploitableImpact
Reflected and stored
Cross-site Scripting
YesInjection of arbitrary Java Script
Clear Text PasswordsYesPrivileged access to device
Sensitive iniformation
leakage in GET request
YesPrivileged access to device
Access Control IssuesYesPassword authentication is not
enabled on Telnet Access

Please report any issues affecting control systems in critical infrastructure environments to ICS‑CERT.

BINOM3 Electric Power Quality Meter products are used in SCADA systems such as automated process control systems.

For details, please see the BINOM3 web site:

http://www.binom3.ru/

MITIGATION

ICS-CERT recommends 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 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 taking defensive measures.

ICS-CERT also provides a control systems recommended practices page on the ICS-CERT web site. Several recommended practices are available for reading or download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.

Organizations that observe 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 the NCCIC at:

Email: NCCICCUSTOMERSERVICE@hq.dhs.gov
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