Flaws in PcVue SCADA Product Can Facilitate Attacks on Industrial Organizations

Researchers found several potentially serious vulnerabilities in the PcVue SCADA/HMI solution developed by France-based ARC Informatique, including flaws that can allow an attacker to take control of industrial processes or cause disruption.

The PcVue product was analyzed by researchers from Kaspersky, who identified a total of three vulnerabilities. The vendor has patched the security holes with the release of version 12.0.17 and it has also shared some mitigations and workarounds to help customers prevent attacks.

Andrey Muravitsky, senior security researcher at Kaspersky and one of the people credited for finding the PcVue issues, told SecurityWeek that ARC Informatique “did an awesome job” and patched all vulnerabilities 5 months after being notified — it often takes industrial solutions providers much longer to fix vulnerabilities.

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The most serious of the flaws, rated critical, is related to unsafe deserialization of messages received in the interface and it can lead to remote code execution. The other two vulnerabilities have been rated high severity — one can be leveraged for DoS attacks, while the other is an information disclosure issue that allows an attacker to access session data of legitimate users.

Kaspersky, which published advisories for these vulnerabilities in October, says exploitation is easy and it does not require any user interaction. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published an advisory last week to warn organizations of the risks posed by these flaws.

Muravitsky said the vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker who has network access to TCP port 8090, and they can achieve arbitrary code execution on the web and mobile backend server. The expert says remote exploitation from the internet may also be possible if the vulnerable component is exposed to the web.

“The attacker could execute commands on the computer connected to the OT network and expand the attack surface,” Muravitsky said via email. “And in some cases the attacker can take control of industrial processes and cause disruption.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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