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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
A vulnerability has been identified in Siemens Industrial products
24 January 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SIMATIC CP
Siemens Extension Units PROFINET
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2017-2680
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Siemens Industrial Products
Original release date: January 23, 2018
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CVSS v3 6.5
ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.
Equipment: Industrial Products
Vulnerability: Improper Input Validation
Siemens reports that this vulnerability affects the following products using
SIMATIC CP 1242-7 GPRS V2: All versions prior to V2.1.82,
SIMATIC CP 1243-7 LTE EU/US: All versions prior to V2.1.82,
SIMATIC CP 1243-8: All versions prior to V2.1.82,
SIMATIC CP 1626: All versions,
Extension Unit 12 PROFINET: All versions prior to V01.01.01,
Extension Unit 15 PROFINET: All versions prior to V01.01.01,
Extension Unit 19 PROFINET: All versions prior to V01.01.01, and
Extension Unit 22 PROFINET: All versions prior to V01.01.01
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could cause the targeted device
to enter a denial-of-service condition, which may require human interaction to
recover the system.
The attacker must have network access to the local Ethernet segment (Layer 2).
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends to protect network
access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to run the devices in
a protected IT environment, Siemens particularly recommends to configure the
environment according to Siemens Operational Guidelines for Industrial
Security and to follow the recommendations in the product manuals. The
Operational Guidelines for Industrial Security can be found at:
Additional information on Industrial Security by Siemens can be found at:
(link is external)
Siemens provides firmware updates to address the vulnerability for the
following affected products and recommends users update to the new fixed
Extension Unit 12 PROFINET: Update to V01.01.01
Extension Unit 15 PROFINET: Update to V01.01.01
Extension Unit 19 PROFINET: Update to V01.01.01
Extension Unit 22 PROFINET: Update to V01.01.01
https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/document/109750351 (link is external)
SIMATIC CP 1242-7 GPRS V2: Update to V2.1.82
SIMATIC CP 1243-7 LTE EU/US: Update to V2.1.82
SIMATIC CP 1243-8 IRC: Update to V2.1.82
https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/ww/en/view/109749515 (link is
SIMATIC CP 1626: All versions
Siemens has released updates for several affected products, is working on
updates for the remaining affected products, and recommends specific
countermeasures until fixes are available.
Apply cell protection concept
Use VPN for protecting network communication between cells
For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation
instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-284673 at the following
http://www.siemens.com/cert/en/cert-security-advisories.htm (link is external)
NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that 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.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems security recommended
practices on the ICS-CERT web page. 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 in the ICS-CERT Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site.
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.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
IMPROPER INPUT VALIDATION CWE-20
Specially crafted PROFINET DCP broadcast packets could cause a
denial-of-service condition of affected products on a local Ethernet segment
(Layer 2). Human interaction is required to recover the systems. PROFIBUS
interfaces are not affected.
CVE-2017-2680 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
6.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
Siemens reported this vulnerability to ICS-CERT.
Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Critical Manufacturing, Energy,
Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems
Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
Company Headquarters Location: Germany
For any questions related to this report, please contact the NCCIC at:
Email: NCCICCUSTOMERSERVICE@hq.dhs.gov (link sends e-mail)
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
For industrial control systems cybersecurity information:
or incident reporting: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/Report-Incident?
The NCCIC continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can
help by choosing one of the links below to provide feedback about this
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