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CVSS v3 6.5
ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.
Vulnerability: Unprotected Transport of Credentials
ABB reports that the vulnerability affects Ellipse 8.3 through Ellipse 8.9 released prior to December 2017 (including Ellipse Select).
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to discover authentication credentials by sniffing the network traffic.
ABB has released the following product updates to mitigate the vulnerability:
- Ellipse 8.5.26 Release 7, Dec 2017
- Ellipse 8.6.21 Release 5, Dec 2017
- Ellipse 8.7.18 Release 7, Dec 2017
- Ellipse 8.8.12 Release 7, Dec 2017
- Ellipse 8.9.6 Release 7, Dec 2017
Please see ABB Cyber Security Advisory number Ellipse201703 for more information about this vulnerability, as well as additional mitigations and workarounds at the following location:
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.
A vulnerability exists in the authentication of Ellipse to LDAP/AD using the LDAP protocol. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sniffing local network traffic, allowing the discovery of authentication credentials.
ABB self-reported the vulnerability to ICS-CERT.
Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Critical Manufacturing, Energy
Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
Company Headquarters Location: Switzerland
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