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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Siemens APOGEE Insight Incorrect File Permissions Vulnerability
24 March 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens APOGEE Insight
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Modify Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2016-3155
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Siemens APOGEE Insight Incorrect File Permissions Vulnerability
Original release date: March 22, 2016
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Siemens has identified an incorrect file permissions vulnerability in APOGEE
Insight. Network & Information Security Ltd. Company and HuNan Quality
Inspection Institute reported this issue directly to Siemens. Siemens has
provided workaround instructions to mitigate this vulnerability.
Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following product:
APOGEE Insight: All versions.
This vulnerability could allow authenticated users of the operating system to
modify application data for the affected product.
Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to
each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the
impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment,
architecture, and product implementation.
Siemens is a multinational company headquartered in Munich, Germany.
The affected product, APOGEE Insight software, provides a graphical interface
to manage and control buildings. According to Siemens, APOGEE Insight software
is deployed across several sectors including Commercial Facilities. Siemens
estimates that this product is used worldwide.
INCORRECT DEFAULT PERMISSIONS[a]
The file permissions set for the APOGEE Insight application folder could allow
authenticated operating system users to modify the APOGEE Insight application
data if local access was obtained.
CVE-2016-3155[b] has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 3.4 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely, and an attacker would need to
be an authenticated user of the operating system.
EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
An attacker with a low skill would be able to exploit this vulnerability.
Siemens is working on a new APOGEE Insight version to resolve the
vulnerability, and ICS-CERT will update this advisory as soon as new
information becomes available.
Siemens has detailed instructions on how to mitigate the vulnerability by
correcting file permissions. To receive these instructions, users should
contact their local service organization or a local Siemens hotline center:
(link is external)
For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation
instructions, see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-151221 at the following
http://www.siemens.com/cert/en/cert-security-advisories.htm (link is external)
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Limit access of authenticated users to only the machines that are needed.
Compartmentalize your network.
Restrict which programs a user can run.
Lock unattended machines.
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Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for
tracking and correlation against other incidents.
a. CWE-276: Incorrect Default Permissions,
http://cwe.mitre.org/data/definitions/276.html, web site last accessed March
b. NVD, http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2016-3155, web
site last accessed March 22, 2016.
c. CVSS Calculator,
web site last accessed March 22, 2016.
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