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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Advisory (icsa-20-315-05) Siemens SCALANCE W 1750D
13 November 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Siemens SCALANCE W 1750D
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Reduced Security -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2016-2031
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ICS Advisory (ICSA-20-315-05)
Siemens SCALANCE W 1750D
Original release date: November 10, 2020
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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
o CVSS v3 9.8
o ATTENTION: Exploitable remotely/low skill level to exploit
o Vendor: Siemens
o Equipment: SCALANCE W 1750D
o Vulnerability: Improper Input Validation
2. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to
achieve remote code execution.
3. TECHNICAL DETAILS
3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following versions of SCALANCE are affected:
o SCALANCE W 1750D: All versions
3.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
3.2.1 IMPROPER INPUT VALIDATION CWE-20
Multiple vulnerabilities exist due to insufficient validation of user supplied
input and insufficient checking of parameters, which could allow a malicious
user to bypass security restrictions, obtain sensitive information, perform
unauthorized actions, and execute arbitrary code.
CVE-2016-2031 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of
9.8 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, and Water and Wastewater Systems
o COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
o COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users
can apply to reduce the risk:
o Update to the latest firmware version and find further instructions in the
document Control Plane Security Best Practices . Depending on network
configuration and risk tolerance, no action may be required.
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 and following the
recommendations in the product manuals. Additional information on industrial
security by Siemens can be found at: https://www.siemens.com/industrialsecurity
For more information refer to Siemens Advisory SSA-431802
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 .
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.cisa.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.cisa.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.
For any questions related to this report, please contact the CISA at:
Toll Free: 1-888-282-0870
CISA continuously strives to improve its products and services. You can help by
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