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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

       Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix Vulnerabilities
                               27 July 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                   Access Privileged Data          -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-4531 CVE-2016-4522 

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-16-173-03)

Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix Vulnerabilities

Original release date: July 26, 2016

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This advisory was originally posted to the US-CERT secure Portal library on 
June 21, 2016, and is being released to the NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.

Rockwell Automation has identified authentication vulnerabilities in the 
FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix application. Rockwell Automation has produced a new 
version to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


The following FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix versions are affected:

    FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix, Version 2.10.00 and prior versions.


Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may give unauthenticated 
access to the affected system.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to
each organization. ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact
of these vulnerabilities based on their operational environment, architecture,
and product implementation.


Rockwell Automation, which is a US-based company, provides industrial 
automation control and information products worldwide across a wide range of 

The affected product, FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix, is a web-enabled management 
software package that captures, analyzes, stores, and shares energy data. 
According to Rockwell Automation, the product is deployed across several 
sectors, including Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing, 
Energy, Government Facilities, Water and Wastewater Systems, and others. 
Rockwell Automation estimates that the product is used worldwide.




User credentials are not immediately invalidated after an explicit logout 
action is performed by the user, which may allow an attacker to use these 
credentials until reset.

CVE-2016-4531 [b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score 
of 7.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 
(AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L). [c]


An anonymous user may be able to escalate privileges resulting in privileged 
access to the application and its data files but not to the underlying 
computer system. The impact of this vulnerability is highly dependent on the 
users environment and the level of privilege the web server service account 
has with its associated database.

CVE-2016-4522 [e] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score 
of 7.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 
(AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L). [f]



These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.


An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit these vulnerabilities.


Rockwell Automation has released Version 2.20.00 and Version 2.30.00, which 
both address the identified vulnerabilities. Rockwell Automation recommends 
that FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix users install Version 2.30.00 or the latest 

Rockwell Automations new versions, Version 2.20.00 and Version 2.30.00, are 
available at the following URL, with a valid account:

(link is external)

In addition to applying the latest software version, Rockwell Automation 
recommends applying the following additional mitigations, when possible:

Ensure that the least-privilege user principle is followed, and user/service 
account access to shared resources (such as a database) is only granted with 
the minimum amount of rights that are needed.

Configure and enable HTTPS on your FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix server, which will
help protect the confidentiality and integrity of information exchanged 
between the web browser and server.

Use trusted software, software patches, antivirus/antimalware programs and 
interact only with trusted web sites and attachments.

Employ training and awareness programs to educate users on the warning signs 
of a phishing or social engineering attack.

Rockwell Automations security notification is available at the following URL 
with a valid account:

https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/866393 (link 
is external)

ICS-CERT recommends, as quality assurance, that users test the update in a 
test development environment that reflects their production environment prior
to installation. In addition, 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 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 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 ICSCERT 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-613: Insufficient Session Expiration, 
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/613.html, web site last accessed July 
26, 2016.

b. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-4531, 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, 
web site last accessed July 26, 2016.

d. CWE-89: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command
('SQL Injection'), http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/89.html, web site 
last accessed July 26, 2016.

e. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-4522, NIST 
uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web site will be 
active sometime after publication of this advisory.

f. CVSS Calculator, 
web site last accessed July 26, 2016.

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