PT-2018-33: Arbitrary Code Execution in NCR S2

(PT-2018-33) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Arbitrary Code Execution in NCR S2

Vulnerable product

NCR S2

Link:
https://www.ncr.com/

Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Remote code execution, firmware downgrade
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 7.5
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2018-5717

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Arbitrary Code Execution vulnerability in NCR S2.

Vulnerability in the NCR S2 Dispenser controller, related to insufficient protection of the memory write mechanism, allows unauthenticated, remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or downgrade the firmware of the device, including to older versions with known vulnerabilities.

How to fix

Use vendor's advisory:
https://www.ncr.com/content/dam/ncrcom/content-type/case_studies/ncr_security_alert_-_2018-04_v3.pdf

Advisory status

23.06.2017 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
06.02.2018 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
14.12.2018 - Public disclosure

Credits

The vulnerability was detected by Vladimir Kononovich, Alexey Stennikov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)

References

http://en.securitylab.ru/lab/PT-2018-33
https://www.ptsecurity.com/
https://en.securitylab.ru/lab/

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