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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                Schneider Electric OFS Server Vulnerability
                                26 May 2015


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Schneider Electric OFS Server
Publisher:         US-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
                   Denial of Service               -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2015-1014  

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-15-141-01)

Schneider Electric OFS Server Vulnerability

Original release date: May 21, 2015

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Ivan Sanchez from Nullcode Team has identified a DLL hijacking vulnerability 
in Schneider Electrics OPC Factory Server (OFS) server application. Schneider
Electric has produced a new service patch that mitigates this vulnerability. 
Ivan Sanchez has tested the new service patch to validate that it resolves the


The following OPC Factory Server versions are affected:

    OPC Factory Server Version 3.5, and older.


Exploitation of DLL hijack vulnerabilities can crash the system, and possibly
give an attacker access to the system with the same privilege level as the 
application that utilizes the malicious DLL.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to
each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the 
potential impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment
and architecture.


Schneider Electrics corporate headquarters is located in Paris, France, and it
maintains offices in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The affected product, OPC Factory Server, enables Windows client applications
to access Modicon PLC data in real time. According to Schneider Electric, OPC
Factory Server is deployed across many complex manufacturing processes and 
infrastructures in many sectors including Commercial Facilities, Critical 
Manufacturing, Energy, Water and Wastewater Systems, and others. Schneider 
Electric estimates that these products are used worldwide.




A successful exploit of these vulnerabilities requires the local user to load
a crafted DLL file in the system directory on the victim machine. If the 
application attempts to open that file, the application could crash or allow 
the attacker to execute arbitrary code.

CVE-2015-1014 [b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v2 base 
score of 5.0 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 
(AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:C). [c]



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 a specially crafted malformed DLL file.


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 click and access specially 
malformed files necessary to exploit this vulnerability. Additional user 
interaction is also needed to load additional malformed files. This decreases
the likelihood of a successful exploit.


Schneider Electric recommends vulnerable users to upgrade the OPC Factory 
Server to V3.5, SP 6. This new service patch can be downloaded from the 
following URL:


Schneider Electrics security notice SEVD-2015-133-01 is available at the 
following location:


ICS-CERT also recommends that users take the following measures to protect 
themselves from social engineering attacks:

    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.

ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk 
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

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.

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-427: Uncontrolled Search Path Element, 
    http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/427.html, web site last accessed May 
    21, 2015.

    b. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2015-1014, 
    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, 
    http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?version=2&vector=AV:L/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:C, web
    site last accessed May 21, 2015.

    d. Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams, 
    http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/emailscams_0905.pdf, web site last 
    accessed May 21, 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 May 21,

Contact Information

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