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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation
                               23 March 2017


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2017-6015  

Original Bulletin: 

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Advisory (ICSA-17-047-02)

Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Activation

Original release date: March 21, 2017

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CVSS v3 8.8


This advisory was originally posted to the NCCIC Portal on February 16, 2017,
and is being released to the ICS-CERT web site.


The following versions of FactoryTalk Activation, a component of FactoryTalk 
Services Platform, are affected:

    FactoryTalk Activation Service, Version 4.00.02 and prior versions.

FactoryTalk Activation is used in the following Rockwell Automation products:

    FactoryTalk AssetCentre,
    FactoryTalk Batch,
    FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix,
    FactoryTalk eProcedure,
    FactoryTalk Gateway,
    FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition (SE),
    FactoryTalk Historian Classic,
    FactoryTalk Information Server,
    FactoryTalk Metrics,
    FactoryTalk Transaction Manager,
    FactoryTalk VantagePoint,
    FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME),
    FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE),
    FactoryTalk ViewPoint,
    RSLinx Classic,
    RSLogix 500,
    RSLogix 5000,
    RSLogix 5,
    RSLogix Emulate 5000,
    SoftLogix 5800,
    Studio 5000 Architect,
    Studio 5000 Logix Designer,
    Studio 5000 View Designer, and
    Studio 5000 Logix Emulate.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an authenticated, but
nonprivileged, local user to link to or run a malicious executable.


Rockwell Automation has released a new version of FactoryTalk Activation, 
Version 4.01, which addresses the identified vulnerability. Rockwell 
Automation recommends upgrading to the latest version of FactoryTalk 
Activation, Version 4.01 or later, which is available at the following 

(link is external)

If unable to upgrade to the latest version, users should read Knowledgebase 
Article KB939382, which describes how to identify whether the service path 
contains spaces (i.e., is vulnerable); how to manually address this 
vulnerability through a registry edit; and the article describes the process 
of doing such edits.

Rockwell Automations Knowledgebase Article KB939382 is available at the 
following location:

https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/939382 (link 
is external)

Rockwell Automation recommends, where feasible, the precautions and risk 
mitigation strategies to this type of attack, like those listed below.

Follow industry best-practices to harden PCs and servers, including 
antivirus/anti-malware and application whitelisting solutions. These 
recommendations are published in Knowledgebase Article KB546987, which is 
available at the following location:

https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/546987 (link 
is external)

Use trusted software, software patches, antivirus/anti-malware 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.

NCCIC/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.

In addition, ICS-CERT 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 for more information on 
avoiding email scams.

Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more 
information on social engineering attacks.

No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This 
vulnerability is not remotely exploitable.



Without quotation marks, any whitespace in the file path remains ambiguous, 
which may allow an attacker to link to or run a malicious executable. This may
allow an authorized, but not privileged local user to execute arbitrary code 
with elevated privileges on the system.

CVE-2017-6015 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
8.8 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 


Rockwell Automation reported the vulnerability.


Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Critical Manufacturing, Food and 
Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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