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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsa-22-013-04) Siemens SIPROTEC 5 Devices
14 January 2022
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SIPROTEC 5 Devices
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2021-41769
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-22-013-04)
Siemens SIPROTEC 5 Devices
Original release date: January 13, 2022
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 6.5
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low attack complexity
o Vendor: Siemens
o Equipment: SIPROTEC 5 products
o Vulnerability : Improper Input Validation
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated
attacker to read device information.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Siemens reports this vulnerability affects the following SIPROTEC 5 products:
o Devices with the hardware variants CP050, CP100, and CP300
o A full list of the affected devices was published in the Siemens Security
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER INPUT VALIDATION CWE-20
An improper input validation vulnerability in the web server could allow an
unauthenticated user to access device information.
CVE-2021-41769 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
6.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Energy
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Siemens recommends updating to v8.83 or later versions
Siemens strongly recommends applying the provided security updates using the
corresponding tooling and documented procedures made available with the
product. If supported by the product, an automated means to apply the security
updates across multiple product instances may be used. Siemens strongly
recommends prior validation of any security update, and supervision by trained
staff of the update process in the target environment.
As a general security measure Siemens strongly recommends protecting network
access with appropriate mechanisms (e.g., firewalls, segmentation, VPN).
Siemens also encourages users to configure the environment according to Siemens
operational guidelines for industrial security in order to run the devices in a
protected IT environment.
Siemens also recommends following security guidelines for Digital Grid Products
For additional information, please refer to Siemens Security Advisory
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. CISA reminds organizations to perform
proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices
on the ICS webpage on cisa.gov . 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 webpage on cisa.gov 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 CISA for tracking
and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
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