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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
US-CERT Advisory (icsa-19-227-04) Siemens SINAMICS
14 November 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SINAMICS products
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2019-6568
Comment: This advisory adds additional SINAMICS products to those affected
and initially published in ESB-2019.1204.
Revision History: November 14 2019: Updated recommendations from vendor
August 16 2019: Initial Release
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-19-227-04)
Siemens SINAMICS (Update A)
Original release date: November 12, 2019
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 7.5
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Siemens
o Equipment: SINAMICS
o Vulnerability: Uncontrolled Resource Consumption
2. UPDATE INFORMATION
This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled
ICSA-19-227-04 Siemens SINAMICS that was published August 15, 2019, on the ICS
webpage on us-cert.gov.
3. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to perform
a denial-of-service attack.
4. TECHNICAL DETAILS
4.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Siemens reports the vulnerability affects webservers of the following
o SINAMICS GH150 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS GH150 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions prior to v4.8 SP2 HF6
o SINAMICS GL150 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS GL150 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions prior to v4.8 SP2 HF7
o SINAMICS GM150 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS GM150 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions prior to v4.8 SP2 HF9
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o SINAMICS SL150 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions prior to v4.7 HF33
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o SINAMICS SL150 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS SL150 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS SM120 v4.7 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS SM120 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions
o SINAMICS SM150 v4.8 (Control Unit): All versions
4.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
4.2.1 UNCONTROLLED RESOURCE CONSUMPTION CWE-400
The webserver of the affected devices contains a vulnerability that may lead to
a denial-of-service condition. An attacker may cause a denial-of-service
situation, leading to a restart of the webserver of the affected device. The
security vulnerability could be exploited by an attacker with network access to
the affected systems. Successful exploitation requires no system privileges and
no user interaction.
CVE-2019-6568 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
7.5 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Critical
Manufacturing, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health,
Transportation Systems, Water and Wastewater Systems
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.
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Siemens currently recommends the following updates for the following products:
SINAMICS GH150 v4.7 (Control Unit), SINAMICS GH150 v4.8 (Control Unit, SINAMICS
GL150 v4.7 (Control Unit), SINAMICS GL150 v4.8 (Control Unit), SINAMICS GM150
v4.7 (Control Unit), and SINAMICS GM150 v4.8 (Control Unit)
o Update to v4.8 SP2 HF9
SINAMICS SL150 v4.7 (Control Unit)
o Update to v4.7 HF33
SINAMICS SM150 v4.8 (Control Unit)
o Upgrade to v5.1 SP2 HF3
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The update can be obtained from a Siemens representative or via Siemens
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users
can apply to reduce the risk:
o Restrict network access to the integrated webserver.
o Deactivate the webserver if not required, and if deactivation is supported
by the product. For SINAMICS products, webserver may be deactivated with
parameter P8986 = 0
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends users protect
network access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to operate the
devices in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends users configure the
environment according to Siemens' operational guidelines for industrial
security , and follow the recommendations in the product manuals.
Additional information on industrial security by Siemens can be found at:
For more information on the vulnerability and more detailed mitigation
instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-530931 at the following
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
o Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and
isolate them from the business network.
o 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.
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 us-cert.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 us-cert.gov 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
established internal procedures and report their findings to CISA for tracking
and correlation against other incidents.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.
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