Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, and SIMATIC NET PC (Update F)
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.5
- ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
- Vendor: Siemens
- Equipment: SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, SIMATIC NET PC
- Vulnerability: Incorrect Calculation of Buffer Size
2. UPDATE INFORMATION
This updated advisory is a follow-up to the advisory update titled 20-042-06 Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, and SIMATIC NET PC (Update E) that was published September 8, 2020, to the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov.
3. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker with network access to cause a denial-of-service condition.
4. TECHNICAL DETAILS
4.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of SIMATIC software are affected:
- OpenPCS 7 v8.1: all versions
- OpenPCS 7 v8.2: all versions
- OpenPCS 7 v9.0: all versions prior to v9.0 Upd3
- SIMATIC BATCH v8.1: all versions
- SIMATIC BATCH v8.2: all versions
- SIMATIC BATCH v9.0: all versions prior to v9.0 SP1 Upd5
- SIMATIC NET PC Software: all versions prior to v16 update 1
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v8.1: all versions
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v8.2: all versions
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.0: all versions prior to v9.0 SP3
- SIMATIC Route Control v8.1: all versions
- SIMATIC Route Control v8.2: all versions
- SIMATIC Route Control v9.0: all versions prior to v9.0 Upd4
- SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v13: all versions prior to v13 SP2
- SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v14: all versions
- SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v15.1: all versions prior to v15.1 Update 5
- SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v16: all versions prior to v16 Update 1
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.3: all versions
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.4: all versions prior to v7.4 SP1 Update 14
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.5: all versions prior to v7.5.1 Upd1
4.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
Through specially crafted messages, when encrypted communication is enabled, an attacker with network access could compromise the availability of the system by causing a denial-of-service condition.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Nicholas Miles from Tenable reported this vulnerability to Siemens.
Siemens has released updates for several affected products and recommends that customers update to the latest version(s). Siemens is preparing further updates and recommends specific countermeasures until patches are available.
- For SIMATIC NET PC Software: update to v16 update 1 or higher
- For SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.0: update to v9.0 SP3 (Includes OpenPCS 7 v9.0 Upd3, SIMATIC Batch v9.0 Upd5, SIMATIC Route Control v9.0 Upd4). To obtain this update, contact Siemens customer service.
- For SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v13: update to v13 SP2 or higher
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- For SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v14: update to v14 SP1 Update 10 or higher
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- For SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v15.1: update to v15.1 Update 5 or later version
- For SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) v16: update to v16 update 1 or higher
- For SIMATIC WinCC v7.4: update to v7.4 SP1 Update 14 or higher
- For SIMATIC WinCC v7.5: update to v7.5.1 Upd1 or higher
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations:
- Apply cell protection concept
- Use VPN for protecting network communication between cells
- Apply defense-in-depth
CISA 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.
CISA reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
CISA also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS webpage on us-cert.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 us-cert.cisa.gov in the Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B–Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.
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.