ICS-CERT: Measuresoft ScadaPro DLL Hijack Vulnerability

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Independent researcher Carlos Mario Penagos Hollmann identified a remotely exploitable, uncontrolled search path element vulnerability, commonly referred to as a DLL hijack, in Measuresoft’s ScadaPro application.

Measuresoft has produced an upgrade to address this vulnerability. Mr. Hollmann has verified that the new version resolves the vulnerability.

The following Measuresoft products are affected:

• ScadaPro Server, prior to Version 4.0.0, and
• ScadaPro Client, prior to Version 4.0.0.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may lead to arbitrary code execution.
Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to each organization. ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact of these vulnerabilities based on their operational environment, architecture, and product implementation.


ScadaPro is a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system used in the power generation, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors. According to Measuresoft, ScadaPro is sold in multiple countries by various third-party distributors, making total deployment difficult to quantify.

Measuresoft Development Ltd. is headquartered in Louth, Ireland, with an office in Missouri City, Texas.


UNCONTROLLED SEARCH PATH ELEMENT:  ScadaPro uses a fixed or controlled search path to find resources, which could allow an unauthorized user to easily locate and exploit one or more locations. An unauthorized user could place a malicious DLL in a directory where it could be loaded before the valid DLL. An attacker must have access to the host file system to exploit this vulnerability. If exploited, this vulnerability could allow execution of arbitrary code.

CVE-2012-1824 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v2 base score of 6 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is (AV:L/AC:H/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C).

EXPLOITABILITY:  This vulnerability can be remotely exploited.

EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT:  No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.

DIFFICULTY:  An attacker with a moderate skill level could be able to exploit these vulnerabilities.

Measuresoft has produced an upgrade to address this vulnerability. Links to the upgrade can be found here:

• ScadaPro Server: http://www.measuresoft.net/download/versions.aspx?v=CB&d=Server, and

• ScadaPro Client: http://www.measuresoft.net/download/versions.aspx?v=CB&d=Client.
Microsoft has also released a Security Advisory (2269637)

The full ICS-CERT advisory can be found here:

Source:  http://www.us-cert.gov/control_systems/pdf/ICSA-12-145-01.pdf

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