Finding Moxa MXview instances
Security researchers with Claroty’s Team82 recently published findings of five discovered vulnerabilities in Moxa’s MXview software. Focused on “industrial network management”, MXview enables management of deployed Operational Technologies (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) endpoints.
These published vulnerabilities reside in the MQTT messaging component of MXview and can be leveraged (and chained together) by an unauthenticated attacker to ultimately gain filesystem access to data (including credentials) or achieve remote code execution on vulnerable systems:
- CVE-2021-38452 (CVSS “critical” score of 9.1) - path traversal vulnerability, may allow an attacker to create or overwrite critical files used to execute code
- CVE-2021-38454 (CVSS “critical” score of 10.0) - path traversal vulnerability, may allow an attacker to create or overwrite critical files used to execute code
- CVE-2021-38456 (CVSS “critical” score of 9.8) - hard-coded password vulnerability, may allow an attacker to gain access through accounts using default passwords
- CVE-2021-38458 (CVSS “critical” score of 9.8) - path traversal vulnerability, may allow an attacker to create or overwrite critical files used to execute code
- CVE-2021-38460 (CVSS “high” score of 7.5) - path traversal vulnerability, may allow an attacker to create or overwrite critical files used to execute code
An additional two MXview vulnerabilities, discovered by Patrick DeSantis of Cisco’s Talos group, were disclosed last October. These affect all MXview versions up through (and including) 3.2.4, and involve hard-coded credentials and cleartext transmission of sensitive data:
- CVE-2021-40390 (CVSS “critical” score of 10.0) - authentication bypass vulnerability, can lead to unauthorized access
- CVE-2021-40392 (CVSS “medium” score of 5.3) - information disclosure vulnerability, can lead to disclosure of sensitive information via network sniffing
Given the severity of these vulnerabilities (including what can be accomplished via chaining) and the appeal of systems bridging network technologies, vulnerable targets may be of high interest to attackers.
Yes. Moxa has addressed all of the above vulnerabilities and strongly encourages folks who are running MXview to upgrade to version 3.2.6 or later.
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