AVEVA IEC870IP Driver CVE-2019-13537 Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability



Date Discovered

October 17, 2019


AVEVA IEC870IP Driver for Vijeo Citect and Citect SCADA is prone to a stack-based buffer-overflow vulnerability because it fails to perform adequate boundary checks on user-supplied input. Attackers can exploit this issue to cause a server-side crash, denying service to legitimate users. AVEVA IEC870IP Driver for Vijeo Citect and Citect SCADA version 4.14.02 and prior are vulnerable.

Technologies Affected

  • Schneider-Electric AVEVA Citect SCADA
  • Schneider-Electric AVEVA IEC870IP 4.14.02
  • Schneider-Electric AVEVA Vijeo Citect


Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
Run all non-administrative software as a non-administrative user with the least amount of privileges required to successfully operate. This will greatly reduce the potential damage that successful exploitation may achieve.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.


VAPT Team, C3i Center, IIT Kanpur

© 1995- Symantec Corporation

Permission to redistribute this alert electronically is granted as long as it is not edited in any way unless authorized by Symantec Security Response. Reprinting the whole or part of this alert in any medium other than electronically requires permission from secure@symantec.com.


The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information.

Symantec, Symantec products, Symantec Security Response, and secure@symantec.com are registered trademarks of Symantec Corp. and/or affiliated companies in the United States and other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks represented in this document are the sole property of their respective companies/owners.