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Advisory (ICSA-16-103-03A)

Siemens Industrial Products DROWN Vulnerability (Update A)

Original release date: April 12, 2016 | Last revised: February 28, 2017

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OVERVIEW

This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled ICSA-16-103-03 Siemens Industrial Products DROWN Vulnerability that was published April 12, 2016, on the NCCIC/ICS-CERT web site.

Siemens has found that a DROWNa (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) attack can affect some Siemens industrial products under certain conditions. Siemens recommends specific countermeasures until patches are available.

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely. Exploits that target this vulnerability are known to be publicly available.

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

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Siemens reports that the vulnerability may affect the following products:

  • SCALANCE X300 family: All versions,
  • SCALANCE X414: All versions,
  • SCALANCE X200 IRT family: All versions prior to V5.3.0,
  • SCALANCE X200 RNA family: All versions,
  • SCALANCE X200 family: All versions, and
  • ROX I: All versions.

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IMPACT

An attacker in a privileged network position could use this vulnerability to intercept transport layer security sessions.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment, architecture, and product implementation.

BACKGROUND

Siemens is a multinational company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

SCALANCE-X switches are used to connect industrial components like PLCs or HMIs. Siemens RuggedCom ROX-based VPN endpoints and firewall devices are used to connect devices that operate in harsh environments such as electric utility substations and traffic control cabinets.

According to Siemens, these devices are deployed across most sectors including Chemical, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Government Facilities, Transportation Systems, and Water and Wastewater Systems. Siemens estimates that these products are used worldwide.

VULNERABILITY CHARACTERIZATION

VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW

CRYPTOGRAPHIC ISSUESb

A cross-protocol attack was discovered that could allow an attacker to decrypt intercepted TLS sessions by using a server supporting SSLv2 as a Bleichenbacher RSA padding oracle.

CVE-2016-0800c has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 4.0 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:L/I:N/A:N).d

VULNERABILITY DETAILS

EXPLOITABILITY

This vulnerability could be exploited remotely.

EXISTENCE OF EXPLOIT

Exploits that target this vulnerability are publicly available.

DIFFICULTY

Crafting a working exploit for this vulnerability would be difficult.

MITIGATION

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Siemens has released an update (version 5.3.0) for the SCALANCE X200 IRT family and encourages users to apply it as soon as possible. The update can be obtained at the following location:

https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/document/109744096

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Siemens recommends that users apply the following mitigations until patches are available:

  • Protect network access to the web server (443/TCP, 10000/TCP for ROX I by default) on the devices with appropriate mechanisms.
  • Restrict access to management interface to internal network.
  • Apply defense-in-depth.

As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends to protect network access to nonperimeter devices with appropriate mechanisms. It is advised to configure the environment according to Siemens operational guidelines in order to run the devices in a protected IT environment.

https://www.siemens.com/cert/operational-guidelines-industrial-security

For more information on these vulnerabilities and detailed instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-623229 at the following location:

http://www.siemens.com/cert/advisories

ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:

  • Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
  • Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls, and isolate them from the business network.
  • 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.

ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems security recommended practices on the ICS-CERT web page. 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 in the ICS‑CERT Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site.

Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for tracking and correlation against other incidents.


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