PT-2014-20: XML External Entities Resolution vulnerability in Wonderware Information Server

(PT-2014-20) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
XML External Entities Resolution vulnerability in Wonderware Information Server

Vulnerable software

Wonderware Information Server
Version: 4.0 SP1 Portal, 4.5 Portal, 5.0 Portal, and 5.5 Portal

Link:
http://www.invensys.com/

Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Network Resources and File System Access, Denial of Service
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.9
Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:P)

CVE: CVE-2014-5398

Software description

Wonderware Information Server aggregates and presents plant performance metrics and production data to operations, maintenance and engineering personnel, via an easy to implement web solution. Wonderware Information Server as well as Wonderware Intouch HMI are the part of a unified solution for building ArchestrA System Platform SCADA- and HMI-systems. This solution is used by personnel of nuclear power plants, chemical plants and other critically important objects.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an XML External Entities Resolution vulnerability in Wonderware Information Server.

WIS may allow access to local resources (files and internal resources) via unsafe parsing of XML external entities. By using specially crafted XML files, an attacker can cause these products to send the contents of local remote resources to the attacker’s server or cause a denial of service of the system.

How to fix

Update your sofware up to the latest version

Advisory status

01.04.2014 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
26.08.2014 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
05.09.2014 - Public disclosure

Credits

The vulnerability was detected by Ilya Karpov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)

References

http://en.securitylab.ru/lab/PT-2014-20
https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSA-14-238-02

Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

http://www.ptsecurity.com/research/advisory/
http://en.securitylab.ru/lab/

About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading provider of vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions to more than 1,000 global enterprise clients. Our solutions work seamlessly across your entire business: securing applications in development; assessing your network and application vulnerabilities; assuring compliance with regulatory requirements; and blocking real-time attacks. Our commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on SCADA, Banking, Telecom, Web Application and ERP security, and distinction as the #1 fastest growing Security and Vulnerability Management firm in 2012, as shown in an IDC report*. To learn more about Positive Technologies please visit www.ptsecurity.com

*Source: IDC Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares, doc #242465, August 2013. Based on year-over-year revenue growth in 2012 for vendors with revenues of $20M+