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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

             Schneider Electric Accutech Manager Heap Overflow
                             18 February 2013


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Schneider Electric Accutech Manager
Publisher:         US-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Administrator Compromise -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2013-0658  

Original Bulletin: 

Comment: Exploit code for a remotely exploitable administrator compromise has 
         been made publicly available. A patch is available from the vendor.

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February 12, 2013


This advisory provides mitigation details for a vulnerability that impacts the 
Schneider Electric Accutech Manager.

Independent researcher Aaron Portnoy of Exodus Intelligence [a] has identified 
a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in Schneider Electric's Accutech 
Manager application. Schneider Electric has produced an update that mitigates 
this vulnerability. This researcher has tested the update and verified that it 
fixes the vulnerability. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an 
attacker to execute code with administrator privileges. This vulnerability 
could affect the energy, water and wastewater, and critical manufacturing 

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.

Exploit code for this vulnerability has recently been published by another 
researcher who was not part of any coordinated effort with the vendor, 
ICS-CERT, or Exodus Intelligence.

Affected Products

The following Schneider Electric versions are affected: 
* Accutech Manager 2.00.1 and older.


This buffer overflow will cause the Accutech Manager application to crash and 
could be exploited to allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with 
administrator privilege. Because this vulnerability can be exploited remotely, 
there is a potential for an attacker to gain control of the host computer.

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.


Schneider Electric is a Europe-based company that maintains offices in 190 
countries worldwide. Their products address various markets including 
renewable energy, process control, monitoring and control, motor controls, 
lighting controls, electrical distribution, and security systems.

The affected product, Accutech Manager, is a management component of a network-
based sensor monitoring system. Accutech Manager is used in applications where 
remote sensor data are gathered, monitored, displayed, and archived over time. 
It can be used in a broad range of low-level applications ranging from long-
term multi-sensor monitoring on a large network to single PC implementations 
for technicians.

According to Schneider Electric, Accutech Manager is deployed across several 
sectors including energy, water and wastewater, and critical manufacturing.


Vulnerability Overview

Heap-Based Buffer Overflow [b]
The RFManagerService.exe process binds to Ports 2536/TCP and 2537/TCP by 
default. By sending an HTTP request outside the bounds of the buffer to Port 
2537/TCP, an attacker can cause a heap-based buffer resulting in loss of 
confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

CVE-2013-0658 [c] has been assigned to this vulnerability. ICS-CERT has 
assigned a base CVSS score of 10.0; the CVSS vector string is: 
(AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C). [d]

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.

Existence of Exploit
Exploit code for this vulnerability has been recently published.

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


Schneider Electric has released an update [e] that mitigates this 
vulnerability. The researcher has tested the update and verified that it fixes 
the vulnerability.

This update is available at the Schneider Electric Website:


Schneider Electric also recommends that users implement the following steps 
until the update can be applied.

* Close the Accutech Manager software tool's server component when not in use.
* Obtain guidance from Schneider Electric's cybersecurity recommendations Web 
  page. [f]
* Check with Schneider Electric, and apply the maintenance update as soon as 
  it becomes available.

One specific strategy that can mitigate the risk associated with the 
vulnerability is to ensure that the vulnerable port (2537/TCP) is not 
accessible from the Internet.

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 

ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems security recommended 
practices on the US-CERT Web page. Several recommended practices are available 
for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems 
Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies. [g] 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 Mitigation Strategies, [h] available for download 
from the ICS-CERT Web page (www.ics-cert.org).

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.


For any questions related to this report, please contact ICS-CERT at:

Email: ics-cert@hq.dhs.gov 
Toll Free: 1-877-776-7585 
For industrial control systems security information and incident reporting: 


[a] Exodus Intelligence - https://www.exodusintel.com/, Web site last 
    accessed February 12, 2013.
[b] CWE, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/122.html, CWE-122: Heap-based 
    Buffer Overflow, Web site last accessed February 12, 2013. 
[c] NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2013-0658, 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, 
    Web site last visited February 12, 2013.
[e] Schneider Electric Download Link, 
    Web site last accessed February 12, 2013. 
[f] Vendor's security recommendations - 
    Web site last accessed February 12, 2013.
[g] CSSP Recommended Practices, 
    Web site last accessed February 12, 2013.
[h] Cyber Intrusion Mitigation Strategies, 
    http://www.us-cert.gov/control_systems/pdf/ICS-TIP-12-146-01B.pdf, Web 
    site last accessed February 12, 2013.

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