Siemens SIMATIC WinCC
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.8
- ATTENTION: Low attack complexity
- Vendor: Siemens
- Equipment: SIMATIC PCS, WinCC
- Vulnerability: Insecure Default Initialization of Resource
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow authenticated attackers to escape the kiosk mode.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following Siemens products are affected:
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.0: All versions
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.1: All versions
- SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional v16: All versions
- SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional v17: All versions
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.4: All versions
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.5: All versions prior to 7.5 SP2 Update 8
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
An authenticated attacker could escape the WinCC kiosk mode by opening the printer dialog in the affected application if no printer is installed.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Multiple Sectors
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Siemens recommends updating their software to the latest version:
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.0: No fix currently planned
- SIMATIC PCS 7 v9.1: Update to v7.5 SP2 Update 8 or later (No fix currently available)
- SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional v16: No fix currently planned
- SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional v17: No fix currently planned
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.4: No fix currently planned
- SIMATIC WinCC v7.5: Update to v7.5 SP2 Update 8 or later
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users can apply to reduce the risk:
- At least one default printer (but not a file-based printer, as e.g., PDF/XPS printer) should be installed on the affected system
- No file-based printer (e.g. PDF/XPS printers) should be installed on the affected system
- Harden the application’s host to prevent local access by untrusted personnel
As a general security measure, Siemens recommends protecting network access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. To operate the devices in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends configuring the environment according to Siemens’ operational guidelines for industrial security and following recommendations in the product manuals.
For additional information, please refer to Siemens Security Advisory SSA-363107
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 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 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.
CISA also recommends users take the following measures to protect themselves from social engineering attacks:
- Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
- Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on avoiding email scams.
- Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.