ESB-2017.1646.2 - UPDATE [Appliance] Siemens Products: Root compromise - Remote/unauthenticated 2017-07-13

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         Advisory (ICSA-17-180-01) Siemens SIMATIC Industrial PCs,
              SINUMERIK Panel Control Unit, and SIMOTION P320
                               13 July 2017


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Siemens SIMATIC Industrial PCs
                   SINUMERIK Panel Control Unit
                   SIMOTION P320
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Root Compromise -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2017-5689  

Reference:         ASB-2017.0063

Original Bulletin:

Revision History:  July 13 2017: Siemens has provided firmware updates
                   June 30 2017: Initial Release

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Advisory (ICSA-17-180-01A)

Siemens SIMATIC Industrial PCs, SINUMERIK Panel Control Unit, and SIMOTION 
P320 (Update A)

Original release date: June 29, 2017 | Last revised: July 11, 2017

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CVSS v3 9.8

ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.

Vendor: Siemens

Equipment: SIMATIC Industrial PCs, SINUMERIK Panel Control Unit (PCU), 

Vulnerability: Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls


This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled 
ICSA-17-180-01 Siemens Industrial Products using Intel Processors that was 
published June 29, 2017, on the NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.


Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects Siemens Industrial products 
which use Intel processors (Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7 and Intel XEON):

SIMATIC Industrial PCs

SINUMERIK Panel Control Unit (PCU)


Please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-874235 (link is external) for the 
full list of affected versions.


A remote attacker can gain system privileges by exploiting this vulnerability.


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Siemens has provided firmware updates for the affected industrial PCs to 
address this vulnerability. These updates can be found on their web site at 
the following location: (link is 

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Siemens strongly recommends users protect network access to the non-perimeter
industrial products with appropriate mechanisms. Siemens also advises that 
users configure the operational environment according to Siemens' Operational
Guidelines for Industrial Security: (link
is external)

For more a specific list of affected products and more detailed mitigation 
instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-874235 at the following
location: (link is external)

For more information about this vulnerability, please see Intel Security 
Advisory - INTEL-SA-00075 at the following location: (link is 

NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that 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.

ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk 
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

ICS-CERT 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 ICS-CERT 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 ICS-CERT for 
tracking and correlation against other incidents.

No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.



Unprivileged local or remote attackers can gain system privileges to 
provisioned Intel manageability SKUs: Intel Active Management Technology 
(AMT), Intel Standard Manageability (ISM) and Intel Small Business Technology

CVE-2017-5689 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
9.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is 


Maksim Malyutin from Embedi reported this issue to Intel.


Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Critical 
Manufacturing, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Germany

Contact Information

For any questions related to this report, please contact ICS-CERT at:

Email: (link sends e-mail)

Toll Free: 1-877-776-7585

International Callers: (208) 526-0900

For industrial control systems security information and incident reporting:

ICS-CERT continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can 
help by choosing one of the links below to provide feedback about this 

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