A security company in Russia plans to release an upgraded exploit pack for industrial control software, which includes a series of new vulnerabilities, published by an Italian researcher security. OR company called Gleg, is made up of three people and is based in Moscow. Its subject is the search for vulnerabilities. Recently her research has focused on security issues in SCADA systems (supervisory control and data acquisition), which are used in factories, businesses and many other industrial sectors.
Gleg supplies Immunity with exploit packs, which are add-ons to Canvas. Gleg's basic product is Agora, which is embedded in Canvas. Agora is regularly updated with published zero-day or other new vulnerabilities.
About two weeks ago, the Russian company released it Agora SCADA +, a new additional for Canvas. The add-on includes 27 exploits for SCADA software. The next week will be released an upgraded version, which will contain about 35 exploits.
According to the company's CEO, Yuriy Gurkin, Gleg will incorporate the exploits, written by Luigi Ariemma. Ariemma found about 50 vulnerabilities in four products Siemens SCADA, Iconics, 7-Technologies and Datac. All four companies used products with vulnerabilities that could be used by an attacker remotely.
Ariemma published details of the vulnerabilities without first telling affected companies something that many consider to be negative. However, it is said that 7-Technologies and Datac have been working since last week for release patch.
Gurkin said Gleg followed Luigi's practice. He does not inform companies because he considers it a waste of time.
On the other hand, Immunity controls companies interested in buying Canvas to make sure they are not going to use the product with malicious way.
According to Gurkin, more and more companies, using SCADA software, ask Gleg to control the products.
SCADA software was not originally intended for an Internet connection, but many businesses use it. This, of course, means that there are more risks for security, said Gurkin. Also, companies using SCADA are not so open to sharing advice and security knowledge, he said.