Omron PLC CJ Series
ICSA： ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-063-03)
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.5
- ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
- Vendor: Omron
- Equipment: PLC CJ Series
- Vulnerability: Uncontrolled Resource Consumption
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could cause a denial-of-service condition.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of Omron programmable logic controllers are affected:
- Omron PLC CJ series, all versions
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
An attacker can send a series of specific data packets within a short period, causing a service error on the PLC Ethernet module, which in turn causes a PLC service denied result.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Japan
Jipeng You (XDU) reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Omron recommends the following mitigation measures:
- Filter FINS port: Protect access to Omron’s PLC with a firewall and by blocking unnecessary remote access to FINS port (default: 9600).
- Filter IP addresses: Protect access to Omron’s PLC with a firewall and filtering devices connected to the PLC by IP address.
For more information on Omron PLC CJ Series vulnerabilities, refer to Vulnerabilities in Omron CJ series CPU PLCs.
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
- Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
- Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and isolate them from the business network.
- When remote access is required, use secure methods, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), recognizing that VPNs may have vulnerabilities and should be updated to the most current version available. Also recognize that VPN is only as secure as the connected devices.
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov. Several recommended practices are available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.
Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly available on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov in the Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.