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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-088-03) Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, SIMATIC
WinCC Runtime Professional, and SIMATIC NET PC Software
4 April 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SIMATIC
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2018-4832
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Advisory (ICSA-18-088-03) Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, SIMATIC WinCC
Runtime Professional, and SIMATIC NET PC Software
Original release date: March 29, 2018
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CVSS v3 7.5
ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit.
Equipment: SIMATIC PCS 7, SIMATIC WinCC, SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional,
and SIMATIC NET PC Software
Vulnerability: Improper Input Validation
Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following SIMATIC products:
OpenPCS 7 V7.1 and earlier,
OpenPCS 7 V8.0: All versions,
OpenPCS 7 V8.1: All versions,
OpenPCS 7 V8.2: All versions,
OpenPCS 7 V9.0: All versions prior to V9.0 Upd1,
SIMATIC BATCH V7.1 and earlier,
SIMATIC BATCH V8.0: All versions,
SIMATIC BATCH V8.1: All versions,
SIMATIC BATCH V8.2: All versions,
SIMATIC BATCH V9.0: All versions prior to V9.0 SP1,
SIMATIC NET PC-Software: All versions,
SIMATIC PCS 7 V7.1 and earlier,
SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.0: All versions,
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 SP1,
SIMATIC Route Control V7.1 and earlier,
SIMATIC Route Control V8.0: All versions,
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 Upd1,
SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional: All versions prior to V14 SP1 Upd5,
SIMATIC WinCC 7.2 and earlier,
SIMATIC WinCC 7.3: All versions prior to WinCC 7.3 Upd16, and
SIMATIC WinCC 7.4: All versions prior to V7.4 SP1 Upd4
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to cause
a denial-of-service condition on the remote and local communication
functionality of the affected products. A system reboot is required to
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations
users can apply to reduce the risk:
Upgrade to a newer PCS 7 version.
Ensure that SIMATIC WinCC, SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional and SIMATIC
PCS 7 stations communicate via encrypted channels (i.e., activate feature
Encrypted Communication in SIMATIC WinCC V7.3 or newer and SIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1
or newer). Enabling Encrypted Communication completely mitigates the
Apply cell protection concept.
Use VPN for protecting network communication between cells.
Siemens has released updates for several affected products and recommends
users update to the new version. Siemens is preparing further updates and
recommends specific countermeasures until patches are available:
SIMATIC PCS 7 V9.0: Install V9.0 SP1:
Contact local support.
SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional: Update to V14 SP1 Upd5:
https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/ww/en/view/109747394 (link is
SIMATIC WinCC V7.3: Update to WinCC 7.3 Upd16:
https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/ww/en/view/109756123 (link is
SIMATIC WinCC V7.4: Update to V7.4 SP1 Upd4
https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/ww/en/view/109753031 (link is
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting network
access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to run the devices in
a protected IT environment, Siemens particularly recommends that users
configure the environment according to Siemens Operational Guidelines for
Industrial Security (link is external) and follow the recommendations in the
Additional information on industrial security by Siemens can be found at:
https://www.siemens.com/industrialsecurity (link is external)
For more information on this vulnerability and associated software updates,
please see Siemens security advisory SSA-348629 on their website:
https://www.siemens.com/cert/advisories (link is external)
NCCIC 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.
NCCIC reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
NCCIC 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 NCCIC Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT website.
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to NCCIC for
tracking and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
IMPROPER INPUT VALIDATION CWE-20
Specially crafted messages sent to the RPC service of the affected products
could cause a denial-of-service condition on the remote and local
communication functionality of the affected products. A reboot of the system
is required to recover the remote and local communication functionality.
CVE-2018-4832 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
7.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
Vladimir Dashchenko from Kaspersky Lab and independent researcher cdev1
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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