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GE Fanuc CIMPLICITY HMI heap buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#308556

Original Release Date: 2008-01-25 | Last Revised: 2008-01-25


GE Fanuc CIMPLICITY HMI contains a remotely accessible heap buffer overflow vulnerability which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


GE Fanuc CIMPLICITY HMI is software used for monitoring and control in Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. A heap buffer overflow vulnerability exists in a CIMPLICITY process (w32rtr.exe) that listens on the network (32000/tcp). The vulnerable process exists in both servers and clients. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted packet to a vulnerable CIMPLICITY system.

Note that this vulnerability affects GE Fanuc CIMPLICITY HMI versions up to and including version 7.0.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service.


Apply Patch

This vulnerability is addressed in CIMPLICITY 6.1 SP6 Hot fix - 010708_162517_6106 and CIMPLICITY 7.0 SIM 9. CIMPLICITY customers should refer to GE Fanuc knowledge base article KB2458 for more information.


Users of affected software with versions older than 6.1 are encouraged to upgrade to 6.1 or greater and then apply the patches described above. CIMPLICITY customers should refer to GE Fanuc knowledge base article KB12458 for more information.

Restrict Access

Restrict network access to hosts that require connections to CIMPLICITY. Do not allow access to CIMPLICITY from untrusted networks such as the internet.

Vendor Information


GE Fanuc Affected

Notified:  December 20, 2007 Updated: January 24, 2008



Vendor Statement

A product SIM has been created and is available on the GE Fanuc Support Web Site. For more information please consult KB12458.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


We have no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

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This vulnerability was reported by Eyal Udassin of C4 Security.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-0176
Severity Metric: 3.01
Date Public: 2008-01-24
Date First Published: 2008-01-25
Date Last Updated: 2008-01-25 20:30 UTC
Document Revision: 32

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