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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsa-19-344-07) Siemens EN100 Ethernet Module
16 January 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens EN100 Ethernet Module
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Access Confidential Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2019-13944 CVE-2019-13943 CVE-2019-13942
Revision History: January 16 2020: Source updated to clarify devices
affected and fixed module version
December 11 2019: Initial Release
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-19-344-07)
Siemens EN100 Ethernet Module (Update A)
Original release date: January 14, 2020
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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: EN100 Ethernet Module
o Vulnerabilities: Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a
Memory Buffer, Cross-site Scripting, Relative Path Traversal
2. UPDATE INFORMATION
This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled
ICSA-19-344-07 Siemens EN100 Ethernet Module that was published December 10,
2019, to the ICS webpage on us-cert.gov.
3. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to
execute remote code, cause a denial-of-service condition, and obtain sensitive
information about the device.
4. TECHNICAL DETAILS
4.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of EN100, an ethernet module, are affected:
o EN100 Ethernet module for IEC 61850: versions prior to 4.37
o EN100 Ethernet module for PROFINET IO: all versions
o EN100 Ethernet module for Modbus TCP: all versions
o EN100 Ethernet module for DNP3: all versions
o EN100 Ethernet module for IEC104: all versions
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The above EN100 modules are included in SIPROTEC 4, SIPROTEC Compact, Reyrolle,
and SWT3000 devices.
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4.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
4.2.1 IMPROPER RESTRICTION OF OPERATIONS WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF A MEMORY BUFFER
An attacker could exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the webserver.
Specially crafted packets could cause a denial-of-service condition, and if
certain conditions are met, affected devices must be restarted manually to
CVE-2019-13942 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 IMPROPER NEUTRALIZATION OF INPUT DURING WEB PAGE GENERATION ('CROSS-SITE
The web interface could allow cross-site scripting (XSS), causing the
application to behave in unexpected ways for legitimate users.
CVE-2019-13943 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
7.2 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is ( AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/
4.2.3 RELATIVE PATH TRAVERSAL CWE-23
A vulnerability in the integrated web server of the affected devices could
allow unauthorized attackers to obtain sensitive information about the device,
including logs and configurations.
CVE-2019-13944 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 these vulnerabilities to CISA.
Siemens has released updates for several affected products, is working on
updates for the remaining affected products, and recommends specific
countermeasures until fixes are available.
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o EN100 Ethernet module for IEC 61850: Update to v4.37
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For all other affected devices, Siemens recommends users block access to Port
80/TCP and 443/TCP (e.g., with an external firewall).
Siemens recommends operators check whether appropriate resilient protection
measures are in place as the risk of cyber incidents impacting the grid's
reliability can thus be minimized by virtue of the grid design.
Siemens strongly recommends applying the provided security updates using the
corresponding tooling and documented procedures made available with the
product. If supported by the product, an automated means to apply the security
updates across multiple product instances may be used. Siemens strongly
recommends prior validation of any security update before being applied, and
supervision by trained staff of the update process in the target environment.
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting network
access with appropriate mechanisms (e.g. firewalls, segmentation, VPN). It is
advised to configure the environment according to Siemens' operational
guidelines in order to run the devices in a protected IT environment.
Recommended security guidelines to Secure Substations can be found at https://
For more information on these vulnerabilities and more detailed mitigation
instructions, please see Siemens security advisory SSA-418979 at the following
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of
exploitation of this vulnerability. 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 .
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.
CISA also recommends users take the following measures to protect themselves
from social engineering attacks:
o Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
o Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on
avoiding email scams.
o Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more
information on social engineering attacks.
No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.
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