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Remote code execution in Emerson OpenEnterprise

Published: 2020-02-19
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-6970
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / SCADA systems

Vendor Emerson

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Heap-based buffer overflow

Severity: High

CVSSv3: 7.1 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-6970

CWE-ID: CWE-122 - Heap-based Buffer Overflow

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing scripts. A remote attacker can use a specially crafted script, trigger heap-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the OpenEnterprise Server.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: The following versions of OpenEnterprise SCADA Server are affected:

  • OpenEnterprise Server 2.83 is affected if Modbus or ROC Interfaces have been installed and are in use
  • OpenEnterprise 3.1 through 3.3.3, all versions


Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

OpenEnterprise: -, 3.1, 3.3.3

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to send a specially crafted request to the affected application in order to exploit this vulnerability.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.