PT-2014-31: Heap-based buffer overflow in Honeywell EPKS

Vulnerable software

Honeywell EPKS
Version: R311


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Remote code execution, denial of service
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 7.6
Vector: (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

CVE: not assigned

Software description

Honeywell Experion PKS is a cost-effective open control and safety system that expands the role of distributed control. Experion provides a safe, robust, scalable, plant-wide system with unprecedented connectivity through all levels of the plant.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in Honeywell EPKS.

Heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in Honeywell EPKS confd.exe module in function sec_GetContext() which could lead to possible remote code execution or denial of service.

How to fix

Update your sofware up to the latest version

Advisory status

06.03.2014 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
02.06.2014 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
18.11.2014 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Alexander Tlyapov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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