Energy management and automation solutions giant Schneider Electric was informed by a researcher that its Trio TView software uses a version of Java that was released in 2011 and is affected by hundreds of vulnerabilities.
Researcher Karn Ganeshen informed Schneider that the version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) used in Trio TView, a management and diagnostics software for industrial radio systems, is outdated and contains numerous vulnerabilities.
JRE 1.6.0 update 27, released in August 2011, is plagued by more than 360 flaws, including security holes that over the past years have been exploited in attacks by both cybercriminals and state-sponsored threat actors. The list includes CVE-2015-4902, CVE-2015-2590 and CVE-2012-4681, all of which were zero-day vulnerabilities at some point.
The outdated version of Java is present in TView 3.27.0 and earlier. With the release of TView 3.29.0, Schneider updated the Java component to version 1.8.0 update 131, which Oracle released in mid-April 2017.
Ganeshen previously notified Schneider of several vulnerabilities, including ones affecting some of the company’s power meters.
Vulnerabilities in Schneider Electric PowerSCADA Anywhere and Citect Anywhere
The vulnerable applications are extensions of Citect SCADA, a high performance SCADA software for industrial process customers.
Versions 1.0 of PowerSCADA Anywhere and Citect Anywhere are affected by a high severity cross-site request forgery (CSRF) flaw that can be exploited to initiate “state-changing requests” by getting the targeted user to click on a specially crafted link.
The other vulnerabilities have been described as information exposure issues, use of outdated cipher suites, and a weakness that can be exploited to escape the application and launch other processes.
Patches for these security holes are included in version 1.1 of the affected products. Schneider has also provided a series of recommendations for hardening systems running PowerSCADA Anywhere and Citect Anywhere.