Industrial Alert: Rockwell Automation Tackles High-Risk Vulnerabilities in FactoryTalk Historian SE

Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Historian SE is like a leaky dam bracing for a hacker flood. With a CVSS v4 score of 7.7, it’s time to patch up or risk a data deluge!

Hot Take:

It’s like Rockwell Automation hosted a ‘Bring Your Own Bug’ party, and boy, did the vulnerabilities RSVP ‘yes’! FactoryTalk Historian SE users are now facing the industrial equivalent of “please restart your Windows,” except it’s not just annoying—it’s a full-blown Production Panic™, thanks to some memory-hogging bugs causing denial-of-service disco.

Key Points:

  • Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Historian SE is rocking a not-so-cool 7.7 CVSS v4 score due to some pesky vulnerabilities.
  • These digital party crashers allow unauthenticated users to cause a denial-of-service by treating memory like an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • Affected products include FactoryTalk Historian SE versions up to v9.0—so it’s time for an update or risk turning your data management app into a paperweight.
  • Rockwell Automation recommends upgrading to FactoryTalk Historian SE version 9.01 or higher to avoid the cyber migraine.
  • CISA is waving red flags and urging users to minimize network exposure and consider VPNs, despite their own potential for drama.
Title: Improper Check or Handling of Exceptional Conditions in Aveva PI Server
Cve id: CVE-2023-34348
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: icscert
Cve date updated: 01/18/2024
Cve description: AVEVA PI Server versions 2023 and 2018 SP3 P05 and prior contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated user to remotely crash the PI Message Subsystem of a PI Server, resulting in a denial-of-service condition.

Title: Missing Release of Resource after Effective Lifetime vulnerability in Aveva PI Server
Cve id: CVE-2023-31274
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: icscert
Cve date updated: 01/18/2024
Cve description: AVEVA PI Server versions 2023 and 2018 SP3 P05 and prior contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated user to cause the PI Message Subsystem of a PI Server to consume available memory resulting in throttled processing of new PI Data Archive events and a partial denial-of-service condition.

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The Bug's Life:

Remember that time when your computer decided to freeze right as you were saving the world (or, at least, an important document)? Well, the FactoryTalk Historian SE is facing its own version of the Blue Screen of Despair. Two vulnerabilities have rolled out the unwelcome mat, inviting themselves in to chow down on memory until the system just can't even. The result? A denial-of-service condition that's about as welcome as a screen door on a submarine.

Who You Gonna Call? Bug Busters!

Rockwell Automation isn't just standing by while their software throws a fit. They've geared up with an update that's the digital equivalent of a superhero cape. Should you install the FactoryTalk Historian SE version 9.01 or higher? In the words of every tech support ever: "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Except this time, it might actually work.

The Art of Cyber Hygiene:

Meanwhile, CISA is acting like that one friend who always has hand sanitizer ready. They're doling out advice on how to keep your systems so clean even a germaphobe would nod in approval. Minimize network exposure, hide behind firewalls, and maybe use a VPN (but update it first—no one likes stale security). It's like a cybersecurity spa day for your control systems, and let's be honest, who doesn't love a good pampering?

Reading Material for the Paranoid:

For the detail-oriented (or paranoid), CISA's got enough reading material to keep you up at night. They've got tips, strategies, and bedtime stories about cyber defense that will make you want to double-check your digital locks before you tuck in your servers. And if you spot something suspicious, they want to know. Think of it as neighborhood watch, but for your network.

The Silver Lining:

So far, it seems like these vulnerabilities are like those wannabe influencers who claim they're famous but no one knows them. No public exploitation has strutted down the cyber catwalk just yet. But don't let that lull you into a false sense of security—stay vigilant, stay updated, and maybe don't accept unexpected memory requests from strangers.

Tags: Control Systems Defense, critical infrastructure security, CVE-2023-31274, CVE-2023-34348, denial of service vulnerability, FactoryTalk Historian SE, Rockwell Automation