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       GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and
                      Proficy Historian Vulnerability
                              25 January 2017


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX
                   GE Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY
                   GE Proficy Historian
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Access Privileged Data -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-9360  

Original Bulletin: 

Revision History:  January 25 2017: Update to mitigation details
                   January 19 2017: Initial Release

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Advisory (ICSA-16-336-05A)

GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and Proficy Historian
Vulnerability (Update A)

Original release date: January 17, 2017 | Last revised: January 24, 2017

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This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled 
ICSA-16-336-05 GE Proficy HMI/SCADA IFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and 
Proficy Historian Vulnerability that was published January 17, 2017, on the 
NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.

GE has reported an insufficiently protected credentials vulnerability in 
Proficy Human-Machine Interface/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition 
(HMI/SCADA) iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and Proficy Historian 
software. This vulnerability was identified by Ilya Karpov of Positive 
Technologies. GE has produced new versions to mitigate this vulnerability.


The following GE products are affected:

Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX Version 5.8 SIM 13 and prior versions,

Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY Version 9.0 and prior versions, and

Proficy Historian Version 6.0 and prior versions.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to 
retrieve user passwords.

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.


GE is a US-based company that maintains offices in several countries around 
the world.

The affected product, Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, is a HMI/SCADA application. 
Proficy HMI/SCADA-CIMPLICITY is a client/server-based HMI/SCADA application. 
Proficy Historian is a data historian that collects, archives, and distributes
production information. According to GE, these products are deployed across 
multiple sectors worldwide. They are sold by GE Digital, GEs Automation and 
Control business, and by GEs resellers and distributors. GE estimates that 
these products are used worldwide.




An attacker may be able to retrieve user passwords if he or she has access to
an authenticated session.

CVE-2016-9360b has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score 
of 6.4 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 



This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely and cannot be exploited without
user interaction.


No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.


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


GE has released new product versions with new product names to address the 
identified vulnerability in the affected products. GE has released the iFIX 
software, Version 5.8 SIM 14, which is available at the following location 
with a valid account:

(link is external)

GE has also released a new version of the CIMPLICITY software, Version 9.5, 
and the Historian, Version 7.0, which are available by contacting a GE Digital
representative. Contact information for GE is available at the following 

https://digitalsupport.ge.com/communities/CC_Contact (link is external)

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GEs Product Bulletin is available at the following URL:

(link is external)

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ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. 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 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-522: Insufficiently Protected Credentials, 
https://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/522.html, web site last accessed 
January 17, 2017.

b. NVD, https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-9360, 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 January 17, 2017.

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