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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsa-19-253-03) Siemens Industrial Products (Update B)
15 November 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens Industrial Products
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2019-11479 CVE-2019-11478 CVE-2019-11477
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-19-253-03)
Siemens Industrial Products (Update B)
Original release date: November 14, 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: Industrial Products
o Vulnerabilities: Integer Overflow or Wraparound, Uncontrolled Resource
2. UPDATE INFORMATION
This updated advisory is a follow-up to the updated advisory titled
ICSA-19-253-03 Siemens Industrial Products (Update A) that was published
October 8, 2019, on the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov.
3. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could cause denial-of-service
4. TECHNICAL DETAILS
4.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
Siemens reports the vulnerabilities affect the following industrial products:
o CM 1542-1: All versions
o CP 1242-7: All versions
o CP 1243-1: All versions
o CP 1243-7 LTE EU: All versions
o CP 1243-7 LTE US: All versions
o CP 1243-8 IRC: All versions
o CP 1542SP-1: All versions
o CP 1542SP-1 IRC: All versionso CP 1543-1: All versions
o CP 1543SP-1: All versions
o CloudConnect 712: All versions prior to 1.1.5
o ROX II: All versions (Only vulnerable to CVE-2019-11479)
o RUGGEDCOM RM1224: All versions
o S7-1500 CPU 1518(F)-4 PN/DP MFP: All versions
o SCALANCE M800: All versions
o SCALANCE M875: All versions
o SCALANCE S615: All versions
o SCALANCE SC-600: All versions prior to 2.0.1
o SCALANCE W-700 (IEEE 802.11n): All versions
o SCALANCE W1700: All versions
o SCALANCE WLC711: All versions
o SCALANCE WLC712: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC1500: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC1500 PRO: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC1900: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC1900 PRO: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC2200: All versions
o SIMATIC ITC2200 PRO: All versions
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o SIMATIC MV500: All versions prior to 1.2
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o SIMATIC RF166C: All versions
o SIMATIC RF185C: All versions
o SIMATIC RF186C: All versions
o SIMATIC RF186CI: All versions
o SIMATIC RF188C: All versions
o SIMATIC RF188CI: All versions
o SIMATIC RF600R: All versions
o SIMATIC Teleserver Adapter IE Advanced: All versions
o SIMATIC Teleserver Adapter IE Basic: All versions
o SINEMA Remote Connect Server: All versions prior to 2.0 SP1
o SINUMERIK 808D: All versions prior to 4.92
o SINUMERIK 828D: All versions prior to 4.8 SP5
o SINUMERIK 840D sl: All versions prior to 4.8 SP5
o TIM 1531 IRC: All versions
4.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
4.2.1 INTEGER OVERFLOW OR WRAPAROUND CWE-190
The kernel is affected by an integer overflow when handling TCP Selective
Acknowledgements, which could allow a remote attacker to cause a
CVE-2019-11477 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/
4.2.2 UNCONTROLLED RESOURCE CONSUMPTION CWE-400
A remote attacker sending specially crafted TCP Selective Acknowledgment (SACK)
sequences may cause a denial-of-service condition.
CVE-2019-11478 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
4.2.3 UNCONTROLLED RESOURCE CONSUMPTION CWE-400
An attacker may exploit a vulnerability in the TCP retransmission queue
implementation kernel when handling TCP Selective Acknowledgements (SACK) to
cause a denial-of-service condition.
CVE-2019-11479 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/
o CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Chemical, Critical Manufacturing, Energy,
Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported theses vulnerabilities to CISA.
Siemens recommends users follow the specific workarounds and mitigations below.
Siemens has also released fixes for the following products:
o CloudConnect 712: Update to v1.1.5
o SCALANCE M875: Upgrade hardware to SCALANCE M876-4 or RUGGEDCOM RM1224 and
apply patches when available
o SCALANCE SC-600: Update to v2.0.1
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o SIMATIC MV500: Update to v1.2
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o SINEMA Remote Connect Server: Update to v2.0 SP1
o SINUMERIK 808D: Update to v4.92. The update can be obtained from a Siemens
representative or via Siemens customer service.
o SINUMERIK 828D/840D sl: Update to v4.8 SP5. The update can be obtained from
a Siemens representative or via Siemens customer service.
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations that
customers can apply to reduce the risk:
o Restrict network access to affected devices
o Apply defense-in-depth
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: https://
For more information, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-462066 at the
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:
o Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems,
and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet .
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 these vulnerabilities.
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