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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-17-122-03) Advantech B+B SmartWorx MESR901
3 May 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Advantech B+B SmartWorx Modbus MESR901
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution: Alternate Program
CVE Names: CVE-2017-7909
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Advantech B+B SmartWorx MESR901
Original release date: May 02, 2017
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CVSS v3 9.8
ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.
Vendor: Advantech B+B SmartWorx
Vulnerability: Use of Client-Side Authentication
The following versions of MESR901, a Modbus gateway, are affected:
MESR901 firmware versions 1.5.2 and prior.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated
user to bypass authentication and access restricted pages.
Advantech B+B SmartWorx is unable to provide mitigations for this product
and is working to replace the product with a new model. Advantech B+B
SmartWorx recommends that users place the device behind a firewall.
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 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.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
USE OF CLIENT-SIDE AUTHENTICATION CWE-603
redirect unauthorized users. Attackers may intercept requests and bypass
authentication to access restricted web pages.
CVE-2017-7909 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3
base score of 9.8 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
Maxim Rupp has identified the vulnerability.
Critical Infrastructure Sector: Critical Manufacturing
Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
Company Headquarters Location: Ottawa, Illinois, and Galway, Ireland
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