CODESYS Development System
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.3
- ATTENTION: low attack complexity
- Vendor: CODESYS, GmbH
- Equipment: CODESYS Development System
- Vulnerability: Uncontrolled Search Path Element.
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could cause users to unknowingly launch a malicious binary placed by a local attacker.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
CODESYS reports this vulnerability affects the following versions of CODESYS Development System:
- CODESYS Development System: versions from 126.96.36.199 and prior to 188.8.131.52
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
In CODESYS Development System versions from 184.108.40.206 and prior to 220.127.116.11 a vulnerability allows for execution of binaries from the current working directory in the users’ context.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Carlo Di Dato of Deloitte Risk Advisory Italia - Vulnerability Research Team reported this vulnerability. CERT@VDE coordinated the vulnerability.
CODESYS recommends users update the CODESYS Development System to version 18.104.22.168.
The CODESYS Development System can be downloaded and installed directly with the CODESYS Installer or be downloaded from the CODESYS Store.
Alternatively, users may find further information on obtaining the software update in the CODESYS Update area.
For more information, please see the advisory CERT@VDE published for CODESYS at:
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
- Exercise principles of least privilege.
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 at cisa.gov/ics. Several CISA products detailing cyber defense best 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 at cisa.gov/ics in the technical information paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.
Organizations observing suspected malicious activity should follow established internal procedures and report findings to CISA for tracking and correlation against other incidents.
CISA also recommends users take the following measures to protect themselves from social engineering attacks:
- Do not click web links or open attachments in unsolicited 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.
No known public exploitation specifically targeting this vulnerability has been reported to CISA at this time. This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.