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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Elipse E3 Process Control Vulnerability (Update A)
12 March 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Elipse E3
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2015-0978
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Elipse E3 Process Control Vulnerability (Update A)
Original release date: March 11, 2015
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This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled
ICSA-15-069-04 Elipse E3 Process Control Vulnerability that was published
March 10, 2015, on the NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.
Ivan Sanchez from Nullcode Team has identified a process control vulnerability
in the Elipse E3 application. The process control vulnerability is a result of
a third-party DLL, developed by Telerik, which is used in the Elipse E3
application. Elipse has released a new version that mitigates this
vulnerability. The researcher has tested Elipses new version to validate that
it resolves the vulnerability.
The following Elipse E3 versions are affected:
Elipse E3, Versions 4.5.232-4.6.161,
EQATEC.Analytics.Monitor.Win32_vc100.dll (32-bit), and
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would require the victim to
install and execute malicious code that could result in arbitrary code
Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to
each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the
impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment,
architecture, and product implementation.
Elipse is a Brazil-based company that has business partners in several
countries around the world, including the US, Germany, India, Russia, Sweden,
Argentina, and Chile.
The affected product, Elipse E3, is a supervisory control and data acquisition
system for use in critical systems. According to Elipse, Elipse E3 is deployed
across several sectors including Critical Manufacturing. Elipse estimates that
this product is used worldwide.
The affected DLL is linked with OpenSSL to support HTTPS communications. The
OpenSSL library was unintentionally built with hardware-support, resulting in
unintended cryptographic-related DLLs being called at runtime. The
unintentional DLL calls may enable an attacker to execute arbitrary code at
runtime after convincing a victim to install a malicious DLL called by the
CVE-2015-0978[b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v2 base score
of 6.2 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
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 loads the malformed file.
EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
Crafting a working exploit for this vulnerability would be difficult. Social
engineering is required to convince the user to accept and load the malformed
file. This decreases the likelihood of a successful exploit.
Elipse has released a new version of its Elipse E3 software, Version 4.6.162,
which incorporates the new version of Teleriks DLLs, Version 3.2.129. Elipses
new version is available at:
Teleriks vulnerable DLLs were discovered in Version 3.2.96 and after being
notified, Telerik notified their affected customers.
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Additional information about the vulnerability in the Telerik Analytics
Monitor Library is available in CERT/CCs Vulnerability Note, VU#794095, at:
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ICS-CERT encourages asset owners to take additional defensive measures to
protect against this and other cybersecurity risks.
Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams[d] for more information on
avoiding email scams.
Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks[e] for more
information on social engineering attacks
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 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 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 Detection and Mitigation
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site
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. CWE-114: Process Control, http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/114.html,
web site last accessed March 10, 2015.
b. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2015-0978, NIST
uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web site will be
active sometime after publication of this advisory.
c. CVSS Calculator,
site last accessed March 10, 2015.
d. Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams,
http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/emailscams_0905.pdf, web site last
accessed March 10, 2015.
e. National Cyber Alert System Cyber Security Tip ST04-014,
http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-014.html, web site last accessed March
For any questions related to this report, please contact ICS-CERT at:
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