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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
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2017-6015
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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 Historian Site Edition (SE),
FactoryTalk Historian Classic,
FactoryTalk Information Server,
FactoryTalk Transaction Manager,
FactoryTalk View Machine Edition (ME),
FactoryTalk View Site Edition (SE),
RSLogix Emulate 5000,
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
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:
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.
UNQUOTED SEARCH PATH OR ELEMENT CWE-428
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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