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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                    Visonic PowerLink2 Vulnerabilities
                             15 December 2016


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Visonic PowerLink2
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Cross-site Scripting     -- Remote with User Interaction
                   Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated      
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-5813 CVE-2016-5811 

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-16-348-01)

Visonic PowerLink2 Vulnerabilities

Original release date: December 13, 2016

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Independent researcher Aditya K. Sood has identified cross-site scripting
and source code disclosure vulnerabilities in Visonic's PowerLink2
module. Visonic has produced an updated version to mitigate these

These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


The following PowerLink2 versions are affected:

    PowerLink2, all versions prior to October 2016 firmware release.


Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities allows the attacker
to gather information on how server side images are generated. Careful
analysis combined with some additional information (from testing the
product), allows the attacker to download images from the server.

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


Visonic is an Israel-based company and subsidiary of Tyco, that maintains
offices in several countries around the world, including the US, UK,
Denmark, Poland, Spain, Germany, Singapore, China, and Australia.

The affected product, PowerLink2, provides web interface to view and control
an intrusion security system. According to Visonic, PowerLink2 modules are
deployed in the Commercial Facilities sector. Visonic estimates that this
product is used primarily in the United States and Europe with a small
percentage in Asia.




User controlled input is not neutralized prior to being placed in web
page output.

CVE-2016-5811[b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS
v3 base score of 6.1 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is


When a specific URL to an image is accessed, the downloaded image carries
with it source code used in the web server.

CVE-2016-5813[e] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS
v3 base score of 5.3 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is



These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.


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


Visonic recommends affected users employ the following mitigations:

    For products that are EOL (end of life), contact the alarm service
    provider to replace/upgrade the unit to PowerLink3.
    For products still under production, request that the alarm service
    provider remotely update the unit with the new firmware version released
    October 2016.

ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the
risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, 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. 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.

    CWE-79: Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation
    ('Cross-site Scripting'), http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/79.html,
    web site last accessed December 13, 2016.
    NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-5811,
    NIST uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web
    site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory.
    CVSS Calculator,
    web site last accessed December 13, 2016.
    CWE-200: Information Exposure,
    http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/200.html, web site last accessed
    December 13, 2016.
    NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-5813,
    NIST uses this advisory to create the CVE web site report. This web
    site will be active sometime after publication of this advisory.
    CVSS Calculator,
    web site last accessed December 13, 2016.

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