ESB-2017.2188.2 - UPDATE [Win][Appliance] Various SIMATIC Products: Denial of service - Remote/unauthenticated 2017-10-04

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 Advisory (ICSA-17-243-01) Siemens industrial products using the Discovery
        Service of the OPC UA protocol stack by the OPC foundation
                              4 October 2017


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           SIMATIC PCS 7
                   SIMATIC WinCC
                   SIMATIC NET PC Software
                   SIMATIC IT Production Suite
Publisher:         ICS-CERT
Operating System:  Windows
                   Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Denial of Service        -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                   Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2017-12069  

Original Bulletin:

Revision History:  October   4 2017: Updated Product and Mitigation
                   September 1 2017: Initial Release

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Advisory (ICSA-17-243-01A)

Siemens Industrial products using the Discovery Service of the OPC UA protocol
stack by the OPC foundation

Original release date: October 03, 2017

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CVSS v3 8.2

ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable/low skill level to exploit.

Vendor: Siemens

Equipment: Industrial products using the Discovery Service of the OPC UA 
protocol stack by the OPC foundation

Vulnerability: Improper Restriction of XML External Entity Reference


This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled 
ICSA-17-242-01 Siemens Industrial products using the Discovery Service of the
OPC UA protocol stack by the OPC foundation that was published August 31, 
2017, on the NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.


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Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following industrial 
products, which use the Discovery Service of the OPC UA protocol stack by the
OPC foundation:

    V8.0: All versions
    V8.1: All versions

    V7.2: All versions

SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional:
    V13: All versions
    V14: All versions prior to V14 SP1

SIMATIC NET PC Software: All versions

SIMATIC IT Production Suite: All versions prior to V6.5

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Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to access
various resources.


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Siemens provides fixes for the following products and recommends users upgrade
to the newest version:

    All affected versions: Follow FAQ: (link is 

    All versions: Follow FAQ to turn off the service after commissioning: (link is 

SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional:
    Update to V14 SP1 (link is 

All other versions: Follow FAQ to turn off the service after 
commissioning: (link is 

    Follow FAQ to turn off the service after commissioning: (link is 

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Siemens is preparing further updates and recommends the following mitigations
in the meantime:

    Turn off the Discovery Service or block it on the local firewall,
    Apply cell protection concept,
    Use VPN for protecting network communication between cells, and
    Apply Defense in Depth.

Siemens recommends users protect network access with appropriate mechanisms 
such as firewalls, segmentation, and VPNs. Siemens also advises that users 
configure the operational environment according to Siemens Operational 
Guidelines for Industrial Security: (link
is external)

For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation 
instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-535640 at the following
location: (link is external)

The OPC Foundation also published a security bulletin for this vulnerability:

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 ICSCERT 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.



By sending specially crafted packets to the OPC Discovery Server at Port 
4840/TCP, an attacker might cause the system to access various resources 
chosen by the attacker.

CVE-2017-12069 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score 
of 8.2 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is 


Sergey Temnikov of Kaspersky Lab reported this vulnerability to Siemens.


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

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Germany

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