Automated Logic WebCTRL 6.5 Insecure File Permissions Privilege Escalation

Title: Automated Logic WebCTRL 6.5 Insecure File Permissions Privilege Escalation
Advisory ID: ZSL-2017-5429
Type: Local
Impact: Privilege Escalation
Risk: (3/5)
Release Date: 22.08.2017
WebCTRL®, Automated Logic's web-based building automation system, is known for its intuitive user interface and powerful integration capabilities. It allows building operators to optimize and manage all of their building systems - including HVAC, lighting, fire, elevators, and security - all within a single HVAC controls platform. It's everything they need to keep occupants comfortable, manage energy conservation measures, identify key operational problems, and validate the results.
WebCTRL server/service suffers from an elevation of privileges vulnerability which can be used by a simple authenticated user that can change the executable file with a binary of choice. The vulnerability exist due to the improper permissions, with the 'M' flag (Modify) or 'C' flag (Change) for 'Authenticated Users' group. The application suffers from an unquoted search path issue as well impacting the service 'WebCTRL Service' for Windows deployed as part of WebCTRL server solution. This could potentially allow an authorized but non-privileged local user to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges on the system. A successful attempt would require the local user to be able to insert their code in the system root path undetected by the OS or other security applications where it could potentially be executed during application startup or reboot. If successful, the local user’s code would execute with the elevated privileges of the application.
Automated Logic Corporation -
Affected Version
ALC WebCTRL, i-Vu, SiteScan Web 6.5 and prior
ALC WebCTRL, SiteScan Web 6.1 and prior
ALC WebCTRL, i-Vu 6.0 and prior
ALC WebCTRL, i-Vu, SiteScan Web 5.5 and prior
ALC WebCTRL, i-Vu, SiteScan Web 5.2 and prior
Note: Current supported versions are 6.5, 6.1 and 6.0
Tested On
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (EN)
Vendor Status
[30.01.2017] Vulnerability discovered.
[27.03.2017] Vendor contacted.
[13.04.2017] No response from the vendor.
[14.04.2017] ICS-CERT contacted.
[17.04.2017] ICS-CERT asks details to coordinate with the vendor.
[20.04.2017] Sent details to ICS-CERT.
[21.04.2017] ICS-CERT assigned ticket ID: ICS-VU-696479 to this issue.
[19.05.2017] ICS-CERT informs that the vendor has validated the issues and begun working on patch.
[07.06.2017] Asked ICS-CERT for status update.
[26.06.2017] ICS-CERT responded with vendor info: Vendor has created patch for 6.5 and currently working on patch for 6.1 and 6.0. Patch is available through their tech support organization as an individual patch.
[04.07.2017] Replied to ICS-CERT.
[31.07.2017] ICS-CERT informs that vendor is testing all patches and will shortly communicate to its dealers and installers. Developing an advisory for review and waiting for vendor on specific version details.
[31.07.2017] Replied to ICS-CERT.
[31.07.2017] ICS-CERT provides ZSL a draft advisory for review.
[01.08.2017] Replied to ICS-CERT.
[04.08.2017] Vendor has contacted ZSL with a request for more time.
[04.08.2017] Replied to the vendor and to ICS-CERT with new advisory release date proposal.
[04.08.2017] Vendor contacts ZSL for further discussions and planning.
[04.08.2017] Working with the vendor.
[11.08.2017] Vendor provides update, scheduling official release date to be 22nd of August.
[18.08.2017] Vendor provides mitigation details:

ALC applications should always be installed and maintained in accordance with the guidelines found here:
In addition ALC has released the following patches:
WebCTRL 6.0, Cumulative Patch #13
WebCTRL 6.1, Cumulative Patch #7
WebCTRL 6.5, Cumulative Patch #7 + WS65_Security_Update2.update
These patch releases may be obtained on the Automated Logic accounts website or calling Technical Support at 770-429-3002
i-Vu 6.0, Cumulative Patch #13
i-Vu 6.5, Cumulative Patch #7 + WS65_Security_Update2.update
The patch release may be obtained by calling Technical Support at 800-277-9852
SiteScan Web Version 6.1, Cumulative Patch #7, and
SiteScan Web Version 6.5, Cumulative Patch #7 + WS65_Security_Update2.update.
These patches may be obtained by contacting Liebert Services at 1-800-543-2378.
End users should contact their Carrier Controls Expert for i-Vu patches for support on installing the patches.

[22.08.2017] Coordinated public security advisory released.
Vulnerability discovered by Gjoko Krstic - <>
[2] Security_Best_Practices_Checklists_for_Building_Automation_Systems_(BAS)pdf.pdf
[22.08.2017] - Initial release
[23.08.2017] - Added reference [6], [7], [8] and [9]
[25.08.2017] - Added reference [10] and [11]
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