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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-17-304-02) Trihedral Engineering Limited VTScada
1 November 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
Modify Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2017-14031 CVE-2017-14029
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Trihedral Engineering Limited VTScada
Original release date: October 31, 2017
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CVSS v3 7.8
ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit.
Vendor: Trihedral Engineering Limited
Vulnerabilities: Improper Access Control, Uncontrolled Search Path Element
Trihedral Engineering Limited reports that the vulnerability affects the
following versions of the VTScada HMI and SCADA software:
- -VTScada 11.3.03 and prior.
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow execution of
Trihedral Engineering Limited recommends that users of an affected version
update to the latest version, 11.3.05. The update can be found at the
ftp://ftp.trihedral.com/VTS/VTScada 11.3 Versions/
Help file notes for upgrading VTScada/VTS can be found at:
NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the
risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should 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.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
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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
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Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
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tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities. These
vulnerabilities are not remotely exploitable.
IMPROPER ACCESS CONTROL CWE-284
A local, non-administrator user has privileges to read and write to the file
system of the target machine.
CVE-2017-14031 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 7.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
UNCONTROLLED SEARCH PATH ELEMENT CWE-427
The program will execute specially crafted malicious dll files placed on the
CVE-2017-14029 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 7.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
Karn Ganeshen and Mark Cross independently discovered these vulnerabilities
and reported them to ICS-CERT.
Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Communications, Critical
Manufacturing, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Transportation Systems, Water and
Countries/Areas Deployed: North America, Europe
Company Headquarters Location: Canada
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