Talos Vulnerability Report


WAGO PFC200 iocheckd service "I/O-Check" get_coupler_details remote code execution vulnerability

December 16, 2019
CVE Number



An exploitable stack buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the command line utility get_coupler_details of the WAGO PFC 200. A specially crafted set of packets sent to the iocheckd service “I/O-Check” can cause a stack buffer overflow in the sub-process get_coupler_details, resulting in code execution. An attacker can send unauthenticated packets to trigger this vulnerability.

Tested Versions

WAGO PFC200 Firmware version 03.01.07(13) WAGO PFC200 Firmware version 03.00.39(12) WAGO PFC100 Firmware version 03.00.39(12)

Product URLs

https://www.wago.com/us/pfc200 https://www.wago.com/us/pfc100

CVSSv3 Score

9.8 CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H


CWE-805: Buffer Access with Incorrect Length Value


The WAGO PFC200 Controller is one of WAGO’s programmable automation controllers that boasts high cybersecurity standards by including VPN, SSL and firewall software. WAGO controllers are used in many industries including automotive, rail, power engineering, manufacturing, and building management. The WAGO PFC200 Controller communicates via both standard and custom protocols.

The iocheckd service “I/O-Check” implements a custom configuration protocol used by WAGO controllers. The get_coupler_details command line utility uses an incorrect buffer length when copying system data into a stack buffer when generating a response to a message sent to the iocheckd service “I/O-Check”. When values are present for the system values MARKING or WAGONR whose length exceeds 60 bytes, the stack buffer will be overflowed resulting in a crash. Additionally, an attacker can send an unauthenticated packet using the iocheckd protocol to overwrite the MARKING or WAGONR value enabling attacker controlled data to overflow this stack buffer. Since the attacker can control the data that is being copied onto the stack, and invoke get_coupler_details remotely via an iocheckd service “I/O-Check” message this vulnerability results in remote code execution.

There are four different messages that can trigger this vulnerability as outlined in the poc code below.

[Annotated Disassembly / Decompilation output]

sub_120E4 stack frame allocation

.text:000120E4                 PUSH            {R4-R6,LR}
.text:000120E8                 VMOV.I32        Q8, #0
.text:000120EC                 SUB             SP, SP, #0x138

This is allocating the buffer for MARKING value 0x40 in size

.text:000121A0                 ADD             R4, SP, #0xB8
.text:000121A4                 BL              strcpy
.text:000121A8                 LDR             R1, =aPrgdate ; "PRGDATE"
.text:000121AC                 ADD             R0, SP, #0x38
.text:000121B0                 BL              sub_11D98 
.text:000121B4                 CMP             R0, #0
.text:000121B8                 BNE             loc_1223C
.text:000121BC                 LDR             R1, =aWagonr ; "WAGONR"

This is allocating the buffer for the WAGONR value 0x40 in size

.text:000121C0                 ADD             R0, SP, #0x78
.text:000121C4                 BL              sub_11D98 ; This function overflows the buffer
.text:000121C8                 CMP             R0, #0
.text:000121CC                 BNE             loc_1223C
.text:000121D0                 LDR             R1, =aMarking ; "MARKING"
.text:000121D4                 MOV             R0, R4
.text:000121D8                 BL              sub_11D98 ; This function overflows the buffer

In sub_11D98:

.text:00011DDC                 MOV             R2, #0x104 ; will overflow because 0x104 > 0x40
.text:00011DE0                 MOV             R1, R6 ; R1 contains the system value
.text:00011DE4                 MOV             R0, R7 ; R0 is the stack buffer being overflowed
.text:00011DE8                 BL              g_strlcpy

In sub_120E4 function epilogue the values for PC and R4-R6 are overwritten with the values from the attacker-controlled WAGONR or MARKING value

.text:000122D0 loc_122D0                               ; CODE XREF: sub_120E4+B4↑j
.text:000122D0                 ADD             SP, SP, #0x138
.text:000122D4                 POP             {R4-R6,PC}

Crash Information

In process /etc/config-tools/get_coupler_details

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x58585858 in ?? ()
(gdb) i r
r0             0x0      0
r1             0x78     120
r2             0xffffffff       4294967295
r3             0xbefffbec       3204447212
r4             0x41414141       1094795585
r5             0x41414141       1094795585
r6             0x41414141       1094795585
r7             0x1      1
r8             0x2aa04  174596
r9             0xbeffff09       3204448009
r10            0x2adcc  175564
r11            0x2c     44
r12            0x12a09  76297
sp             0xbefffb70       0xbefffb70
lr             0x122cc  74444
pc             0x58585858       0x58585858
cpsr           0x800f0010       -2146500592
fpscr          0x0      0
(gdb) bt
#0  0x58585858 in ?? ()
#1  0x000122cc in ?? ()
Backtrace stopped: previous frame identical to this frame (corrupt stack?)


This vulnerability could be mitigated by disabling the iocheckd service “I/O-Check” via the Web-based management web application.


2019-07-30 - Vendor disclosure
2019-09-06 - 30+ day follow up
2019-10-02 - 60+ day follow up; vendor acknowledged
2019-10-31 - Vendor passed to CERT@VDE for coordination; Talos extended public disclosure deadline
2019-12-16 - Public Release


Discovered by Kelly Leuschner of Cisco Talos