1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.5
- ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
- Vendor: Phoenix Contact
- Equipment: Automation Worx Software Suite
- Vulnerabilities: Access of Uninitialized Pointer, Out-of-bounds Read, Use After Free
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker, with access to an original PC Worx or Config+ project file, to perform remote code execution.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following components of Automation Worx Software Suite Version 1.86 and earlier are affected:
- PC Worx
- PC Worx Express
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
An access of uninitialized pointer vulnerability may allow remote code execution.
An out-of-bounds read vulnerability may allow remote code execution.
3.2.3 USE AFTER FREE CWE-416
A use after free vulnerability may allow remote code execution.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
9sg Security Team working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative reported these vulnerabilities to CISA. CERT@VDE coordinated these vulnerabilities with Phoenix Contact.
Phoenix Contact is currently working on the next version of the Automation Worx Software Suite. This advisory will be updated with details of the new version when it becomes available.
Phoenix Contact recommends users exchange project files using only secure file exchange services, and that project files should not be exchanged via unencrypted email.
CISA also recommends 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.
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov. 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 on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov in the Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.
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