ICS-CERT: Advantech BroadWin WebAccess Vulnerabilities

Friday, February 10, 2012



ICS-CERT is aware of a public report about an RPC server vulnerability with proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code affecting the Advantech BroadWin WebAccess software, a supervisory control and data acquisition/human-machine interface (SCADA/HMI) product.

According to this report, the WebAccess software is vulnerable to an RPC exploit against the WebAccess network service on either Port 4592/TCP or 14592/TCP. This report was released by amisto0x07 and Z0mb1E without coordination with either the vendor or ICS-CERT.

ICS-CERT has notified the affected vendor of this report. ICS-CERT has also determined, that while similar to the report by Rubén Santamarta identified in “ICS-ALERT-11-081-01 – BroadWin WebAccess”, this exploit targets a different vulnerability in the RPC service.

ICS-CERT is issuing this alert to provide early notice of this report and to identify baseline mitigations for reducing risks to this and other cybersecurity attacks.
The report included vulnerability details and PoC exploit code for the following vulnerability:

Vulnerability Type:  Missing Authentication for Critical Function
Exploitability:  Remote
Impact:  Possible Remote Code Execution / Denial of Service

Please report any issues affecting control systems in critical infrastructure environments to ICS-CERT.


ICS-CERT is currently coordinating with the vendor to identify mitigations. ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:

• Minimize network exposure for all control system devices. Control system devices should not directly face the Internet

• Locate control system networks and devices behind properly configured firewalls addressing access to Port 4592/TCP or 14592/TCP, and isolate them from the business network

• If remote access is required, employ secure methods, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), recognizing that VPN is only as secure as the connected devices.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to taking defensive measures

The Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) also provides a recommended practices section for control systems on the US-CERT website. Several recommended practices are available for reading or download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.

Organizations that observe any suspected malicious activity should follow their established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for tracking and correlation against other incidents.

The full ICS-CERT advisory can be viewed here:

Source:  http://www.us-cert.gov/control_systems/pdf/ICS-ALERT-12-039-01.pdf

Possibly Related Articles:
Denial of Service SCADA Vulnerabilities DoS Remote Access Exploits Headlines Proof of Concept Mitigation Advisory ICS ICS-CERT Industrial Control Systems Rubén Santamarta Advantech BroadWin WebAccess
Post Rating I Like this!
The views expressed in this post are the opinions of the Infosec Island member that posted this content. Infosec Island is not responsible for the content or messaging of this post.

Unauthorized reproduction of this article (in part or in whole) is prohibited without the express written permission of Infosec Island and the Infosec Island member that posted this content--this includes using our RSS feed for any purpose other than personal use.