Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk View ME

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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • CVSS v4 6.9
  • ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low attack complexity
  • Vendor: Rockwell Automation
  • Equipment: FactoryTalk View ME
  • Vulnerability: Cross-site Scripting

2. RISK EVALUATION

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could lead to the loss of view or control of the PanelView product.

3. TECHNICAL DETAILS

3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS

The following versions of FactoryTalk View ME, an HMI software application, are affected:

  • FactoryTalk View ME: prior to v14

3.2 Vulnerability Overview

3.2.1 Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation (‘Cross-site Scripting’) CWE-79

A vulnerability exists in the affected product that allows a malicious user to restart the PanelView Plus 7 terminal remotely without security protections. If the vulnerability is exploited, it could lead to the loss of view or control of the PanelView product.

CVE-2024-21914 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3.1 base score of 5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L).

CVE-2024-21914 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v4 base score of 6.9 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:L/AT:N/PR:N/UI:N/VC:N/VI:N/VA:L/SC:N/SI:N/SA:N).

3.3 BACKGROUND

  • CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
  • COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
  • COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: United States

3.4 RESEARCHER

Rockwell Automation reported this vulnerability to CISA.

4. MITIGATIONS

Rockwell Automation recommends users update to the latest version:

  • FactoryTalk View ME: V11
  • FactoryTalk View ME: V12
  • FactoryTalk View ME: V13
  • FactoryTalk View ME: V14

Rockwell Automation recommends users of the affected software, who are not able to upgrade to one of the corrected versions, to apply security best practices, where possible.

For more information, see Rockwell Automation’s security advisory.

CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability, such as:

  • Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, ensuring they are not accessible from the internet.
  • Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls and isolating them from business networks.
  • When remote access is required, use more secure methods, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), recognizing VPNs may have vulnerabilities and should be updated to the most current version available. Also recognize VPN is only as secure as the connected devices.

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 on 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.

CISA encourages organizations to implement recommended cybersecurity strategies for proactive defense of ICS assets.

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.

No known public exploitation specifically targeting this vulnerability has been reported to CISA at this time.

5. UPDATE HISTORY

  • March 26, 2024: Initial Publication

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