ICS Advisory (ICSA-18-107-01)

Schneider Electric InduSoft Web Studio and InTouch Machine Edition

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  • CVSS v3 9.8
  • Attention: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit.
  • Vendor: Schneider Electric Software, LLC
  • Equipment: InduSoft Web Studio, InTouch Machine Edition
  • Vulnerability: Stack-based Buffer Overflow


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability during tag, alarm, or event related actions could allow remote code execution that, under high privileges, could completely compromise the device.



The following versions of InduSoft Web Studio and InTouch Machine Edition, an HMI, are affected:

  • InduSoft Web Studio v8.1 and prior versions, and
  • InTouch Machine Edition 2017 v8.1 and prior versions.



A remote attacker could send a carefully crafted packet during a tag, alarm, or event related action such as read and write, which may allow remote code execution.

CVE-2018-8840 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 9.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H).


  • Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Commercial Facilities, Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems  
  • Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
  • Company Headquarters Location: France


Tenable Research reported this vulnerability to Schneider Electric Software, LLC and Schneider Electric Software, LLC coordinated with NCCIC.


Schneider Electric Software, LLC recommends:

  • Users using InduSoft Web Studio v8.1 or prior versions are affected and should upgrade and apply InduSoft Web Studio v8.1 SP1 as soon as possible.
  • Users using InTouch Machine Edition 2017 v8.1 or prior versions are affected and should upgrade and apply InTouch Machine Edition 2017 v8.1 SP1 as soon as possible.

Schneider Electric Software, LLC has also released Security Bulletin LFSEC00000125 that can be found at:


NCCIC 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.

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.

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