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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (ICSA-18-163-02) Siemens SCALANCE X Switches
13 June 2018
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SCALANCE X Switches
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Cross-site Scripting -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2018-4848 CVE-2018-4842
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Siemens SCALANCE X Switches
Original release date: June 12, 2018
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 5.8
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely
o Vendor: Siemens
o Equipment: SCALANCE X switches
o Vulnerabilities: Cross-site Scripting
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these cross-site scripting vulnerabilities could
allow an attacker to store script code on the website and execute cross-site
scripting (XSS), affecting the website's confidentiality, integrity, and
availability. However, no known public exploits specifically target these
vulnerabilities. High skill level is needed to exploit.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Siemens reports the vulnerabilities affects the following SCALANCE X switch
o SCALANCE X-200: All versions prior to v5.2.3 (only affected by
o SCALANCE X-200 IRT: All versions prior to v5.4.1, and
o SCALANCE X300: All versions.
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER NEUTRALIZATION OF INPUT DURING WEB PAGE GENERATION
('CROSS-SITE SCRIPTING') CWE-79
A remote, authenticated attacker with access to the configuration web server
could store script code on the website, provided the HRP redundancy option is
set. This code could be executed in the web browser of users visiting this
website (XSS), affecting its confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
User interaction is required for successful exploitation as the user needs to
visit the manipulated website.
CVE-2018-4842 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
3.2.2 IMPROPER NEUTRALIZATION OF INPUT DURING WEB PAGE GENERATION
('CROSS-SITE SCRIPTING') CWE-79
The integrated configuration web server of the affected Scalance X switches
could allow XSS attacks if unsuspecting users are tricked into accessing a
User interaction is required for successful exploitation. The user must be
logged into the web interface in order for the exploitation to succeed.
CVE-2018-4848 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.8 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Energy, Food and Agriculture,
Healthcare and Public Health, Transportation Systems, and Water and
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Marius Rothenbucher and Ali Abbasi reported these vulnerabilities to Siemens
Siemens has provided updates for the following products to fix the
o SCALANCE X-200: Update to v5.2.3
o SCALANCE X-200 IRT: Update to v5.4.1
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting network
access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to operate the devices
in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends configuring the environment
according to Siemens' operational guidelines for Industrial Security (Download:
following the recommendations in the product manuals.
Additional information on Industrial Security by Siemens can be found at:
For more information on these vulnerabilities and associated software updates,
please see Siemens security advisory SSA-480829 on their website:
NCCIC reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
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Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.
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on the ICS-CERT website in the Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
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and correlation against other incidents.
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themselves from social engineering attacks:
o Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
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information on social engineering attacks.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities. High skill
level is needed to exploit.
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