13 July 2021

KLCERT-20-023: Rockwell Automation ISaGRAF Runtime: Information Disclosure due to Cleartext Transmission of Information over IXL protocol

Researcher

Alexander Nochvay, Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky ICS CERT

Timeline

Timeline

  • Kaspersky ICS CERT advisory published

    13 July 2021

  • Vendor advisory published

    08 June 2021

  • Vendor confirmation

    11 March 2020

  • Vulnerability reported

    21 February 2020

Description

Data transferred over IXL protocol is unencrypted.

Integrity
⚠ Integrity of the system may be seriously affected: An attacker could modify all data transferred between ISaGRAF Workbench and ISaGRAF Runtime if the communication is carried out over IXL protocol.

Exploitability

⚠ Remotely exploitable: network access to port 1131/TCP is required

Attack complexity

High skill level to exploit: an attacker must perform Man-in-the-Middle attack

Privilege required

⚠ No privileges required

User interaction

User interaction required: a user must communicate over IXL protocol

Confidentiality

⚠ Confidentiality of the system may be seriously affected: An attacker could read all data transferred between ISaGRAF Workbench and ISaGRAF Runtime if the communication is carried out over IXL protocol.

Impact

An attacker could read and modify all data transferred between ISaGRAF Workbench and ISaGRAF Runtime if the communication is carried out over IXL protocol.

Affected products

  • AADvance Controller:
    • All firmware versions
  • Based on ISaGRAF Runtime 5 controllers:
    • All software versions
  • Micro800 family:
    • All firmware versions
  • ISaGRAF Free Runtime:
    • All software versions

Mitigation

Rockwell Automation mitigation

Customers should consider using proper network infrastructure controls, such as firewalls, UTM devices, VPN, or other security appliance.

To reduce risk, customers should ensure they are employing proper network segmentation and security controls. Specifically, network exposure for all control system devices should be minimized, and control systems should be behind firewalls and isolated from other networks when possible. Refer to the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide for best practices deploying network segmentation and broader defense-in-depth strategies.

For ISaGRAF, restrict or block traffic on TCP 1131 from outside of the industrial control system network zone. For more information on the TCP/UDP ports used by ISaGRAF refer to product documentation.

Since ISaGRAF 5 Runtime is provided to a customer as a development kit, implementing least-privilege may vary from implementation to implementation based on the hardware in use.

For AADvance controllers, customers are encouraged to restrict or block traffic on TCP 1132 from outside of the industrial control system network zone.

For Micro800 family, to reduce risk, customers are encouraged to protect the controller with a password.1


  1. For more information on the TCP/UDP ports used by Rockwell Automation products, see BF7490.↩︎

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Timeline

  • Kaspersky ICS CERT advisory published

    13 July 2021

  • Vendor advisory published

    08 June 2021

  • Vendor confirmation

    11 March 2020

  • Vulnerability reported

    21 February 2020