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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-282-02) Siemens SCALANCE W1750D
10 October 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens Scalance W1750D
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2017-13099
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Siemens SCALANCE W1750D
Original release date: October 09, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 5.9
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/public exploits are available
o Vendor: Siemens
o Equipment: SCALANCE W1750D
o Vulnerability: Cryptographic issues
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to
decrypt TLS traffic.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Siemens reports the vulnerability affects the following SCALANCE W1750D
o SCALANCE W1750D: All versions prior to v126.96.36.199
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 CRYPTOGRAPHIC ISSUES CWE-310
An attacker with network access to affected devices could potentially obtain a
TLS session key. If the attacker is able to observe TLS traffic between a
legitimate user and the device, the attacker could decrypt the TLS traffic.
CVE-2017-13099 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score
of 5.9 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Energy, Food and Agriculture,
Healthcare and Public Health, Transportation Systems, Water and Wastewater
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.
Siemens provides a firmware update (v188.8.131.52) and recommends users to update
to the new version. This update can be found on their website at the following
To reduce the risk, Siemens recommends administrators restrict access to the
web interface of the affected devices.
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting network
access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to operate the devices
in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends configuring the environment
according to Siemens' operational guidelines for industrial security (https://
following the recommendations in the product manuals.
Additional information on Industrial Security by Siemens can be found at:
For more information on this vulnerability and associated software updates,
please see Siemens security advisory SSA-464260 on their website:
NCCIC recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
o Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems,
and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
o Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and
isolate them from the business network.
o 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 on the ICS-CERT website in the Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
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.
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