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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-114-01) Vecna VGo Robot
26 April 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Vecna VGo Robot
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-8866 CVE-2018-8860
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Vecna VGo Robot
Original release date: April 24, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
CVSS v3 8.8
ATTENTION: Exploitable from an adjacent network/low skill level
Vendor: Vecna Technologies, Inc. (Vecna)
Equipment: VGo Robot
Vulnerabilities: OS Command Injection, Cleartext Transmission of
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker
to capture firmware updates through network traffic and could allow remote
code execution on the VGo Robot, a mobile robotic assistant.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Vecna reports that the vulnerabilities affect the following product:
VGo Robot: All versions prior to 18.104.22.168164
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER NEUTRALIZATION OF SPECIAL ELEMENTS USED IN AN OS COMMAND
('OS COMMAND INJECTION') CWE-78
An attacker on an adjacent network could perform command injection.
CVE-2018-8866 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3
base score of 8.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
3.2.2 CLEAR TRANSMISSION OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION CWE-319
An attacker may be able to capture firmware updates through the adjacent
CVE-2018-8860 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3
base score of 6.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Communications
Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
Company Headquarters Location: United States
Dan Regalado from Zingbox reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.
Vecna has released a recommended update to mitigate the
vulnerabilities. Vecna recommends the following update process:
By default, VGo has automatic updates enabled so all updates are
performed automatically when Internet access is available. If the VGo
is powered off or in use, a message will appear on the screen asking
if it can be updated when the VGo is next used.
If a VGo unit has automatic updates turned off, the update will not
be downloaded (however, a notice about the update will be displayed
on the VGo's screen). Vecna recommends that automatic updates be
turned on. Select "settings" from the main menu then "advanced
settings" then "automatic updates."
NCCIC 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.
NCCIC reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
NCCIC 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 website.
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow
their established internal procedures and report their findings to NCCIC
for tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.
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