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ABB to Patch Code Execution Flaw in HMI Tool

Swiss industrial tech company ABB is working on a patch for a serious arbitrary code execution vulnerability affecting one of its engineering tools.

The security hole, tracked as CVE-2018-10616, impacts all versions of Panel Builder 800. ABB’s Panel 800 devices provide operator panels for process automation systems, and the Panel Builder is an engineering tool for the process panels included in the product suite. According to ICS-CERT, which published an advisory this week, the tool is used worldwide in the chemical, critical manufacturing, dams, energy, water, and food and agriculture sectors.

Researchers discovered that the HMI tool, specifically its file parser component, is affected by a high severity improper input validation flaw that can allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on the device hosting the affected utility.

A remote attacker can exploit the vulnerability for arbitrary code execution by tricking a local user into opening a specially crafted file. The...(continued)

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