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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Modbus Vendors:   Automated Solutions, Inc.
Modbus 'MiniHMI.exe' ActiveX Control Heap Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018707
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-4827   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 19 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Modbus. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can connect to the Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP Slave ActiveX Control on TCP port 502 and send specially crafted data to trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability resides in 'MiniHMI.exe'.

The vendor was notified on August 20, 2007.

Ganesh Devarajan reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint DVLabs.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] TPTI-07-15: Automated Solutions Modbus TCP Slave

TPTI-07-15: Automated Solutions Modbus TCP Slave ActiveX Control Heap
            Corruption Vulnerability
September 17, 2007

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:
Automated Solutions

-- Affected Products:
Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP Slave ActiveX Control

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since September  7, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 5598. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: 

-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
systems with vulnerable installations of the Automated Solutions Modbus
TCP Slave ActiveX Control. Authentication is not required to exploit
this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within MiniHMI.exe which binds to TCP port
502. When processing malformed Modbus requests on this port a
controllable heap corruption can occur which may result in execution of
arbitrary code.

-- Vendor Response:
Automated Solutions has issued an update to correct this vulnerability.
More details can be found at:

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.08.20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.09.07 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.09.17 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by Ganesh Devarajan, 
TippingPoint DVLabs.

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