Industrial automation giant Rockwell Automation on Thursday informed customers that it has patched nine critical vulnerabilities in its FactoryTalk AssetCentre product.
The vulnerabilities were discovered by researchers at industrial cybersecurity firm Claroty and they were addressed by the vendor with the release of AssetCentre v11. Previous versions are impacted.
FactoryTalk AssetCentre is designed for securing, managing, tracking, versioning and reporting information related to automation assets across an entire facility. The product is used by many industrial organizations for backup and disaster recovery, which, Claroty points out, can be very useful in case of a targeted ransomware attack.
“FactoryTalk AssetCentre is a powerful, centralized tool where project files are stored for use on any Rockwell Automation platform. The AssetCentre architecture, from a high level, includes the main server, an MS-SQL server database, clients, and remote agents,” Claroty said, noting that the product can be a “powerful target for attackers.”
The company explained, “The software agents run on engineering workstations (generally, Windows-based machines); the agents communicate with the centralized server and can accept and send commands to automation devices, such as PLCs. Project files are then updated and sent back to the server, which stores the files centrally. Operators can perform backup and restore, and version control functions from AssetCentre for all PLCs running on a factory floor, for example.”
The nine critical vulnerabilities identified by Claroty researchers — all of them have a CVSS score of 10 — can be exploited by remote, unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary code (due to data deserialization issues), execute arbitrary commands, modify sensitive data in the application, or launch SQL injection attacks.