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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-025-02) Siemens Desigo PXC
30 January 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens Desigo PXC
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Root Compromise -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-4834
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Siemens Desigo PXC
Original release date: January 25, 2018
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CVSS v3 9.8
ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.
Equipment: Desigo PXC
Vulnerability: Improper Authentication
Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following versions of
Desigo Automation Controllers Compact PXC12/22/36-E.D all versions
prior to V6.00.204,
Desigo Automation Controllers Modular PXC00/50/100/200-E.D all versions
prior to V6.00.204,
Desigo Automation Controllers PXC00/64/128-U with Web module all
versions prior to V6.00.204,
Desigo Automation Controllers for Integration PXC001-E.D all versions
prior to V6.00.204, and
Desigo Operator Unit PXM20-E all versions prior to V6.00.204
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow unauthenticated
remote attackers to upload malicious firmware without prior authentication.
Siemens has provided an updated version that fixes the vulnerability for
the affected products and recommends users update to the newest version
V6.00.204 or a later version that can be obtained at:
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting
network access to the devices with appropriate mechanisms. Siemens advises
configuring the environment according to Siemens operational guidelines
in order to run the devices in a protected IT environment.
For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation
instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-824231 at the
NCCIC 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.
NCCIC reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
NCCIC 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 NCCIC 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 NCCIC
for tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
IMPROPER AUTHENTICATION CWE-287
A remote attacker with network access to the device could potentially
upload a new firmware image to the devices without prior authentication.
CVE-2018-4834 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3
base score of 9.8 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
Can Demirel and Melih Berk Eksioglu from Biznet Bilisim reported this
vulnerability to Siemens.
Critical Infrastructure Sector: Commercial Facilities
Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide
Company Headquarters Location: Germany
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Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
For industrial control systems cybersecurity information:
or incident reporting: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/Report-Incident?
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