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Advisory (ICSA-18-058-01)

Siemens SIMATIC Industrial PCs

Original release date: February 27, 2018

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CVSS v3 5.9

ATTENTION: Remotely exploitable

Vendor: Siemens

Equipment: SIMATIC Industrial PCs

Vulnerability: Cryptographic Issues


Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following versions of SIMATIC Industrial PCs using a version of Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM):

  • SIMATIC Field-PG M5 all versions prior to v22.01.04,
  • SIMATIC IPC227E all versions prior to v20.01.10,
  • SIMATIC IPC277E all versions prior to v20.01.10,
  • SIMATIC IPC427E all versions prior to v21.01.07,
  • SIMATIC IPC477E all versions prior to v21.01.07,
  • SIMATIC IPC547G all versions, and
  • SIMATIC ITP1000 all versions prior to v23.01.03


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could make it easier for attackers to conduct cryptographic attacks against the key material.


As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends to protect network access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to run the devices in a protected IT environment, Siemens particularly recommends to configure the environment according to Siemens’ Operational Guidelines for Industrial Security and to follow the recommendations in the product manuals. The Operational Guidelines for Industrial Security can be found at:


Additional information on Industrial Security by Siemens can be found at: 


Siemens provides firmware updates to address the vulnerability for the following affected products, and recommends users update to the newest version:

  • SIMATIC Field-PG M5: Update to v22.01.04


  • SIMATIC IPC227E: Update to v20.01.10


  • SIMATIC IPC277E: Update to v20.01.10


  • SIMATIC IPC427E: Update to v21.01.07


  • SIMATIC IPC477E: Update to v21.01.07


  • SIMATIC IPC547G: See recommendations from Workarounds and Mitigations section in SSA-470231


  • SIMATIC ITP1000: Update to v23.01.03


For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-470231 at the following location:


NCCIC recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability. 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.

NCCIC reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.

NCCIC 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 NCCIC Technical Information Paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT website.

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

No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. High skill level is needed to exploit.


The Infineon RSA library in Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) firmware creates RSA keys that might be susceptible to the ROCA attack, possibly exposing the private key of a RSA key pair.

CVE-2017-15361 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 5.9 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N).


Siemens reported this vulnerability to NCCIC.


Critical Infrastructure Sectors: Chemical, Critical Manufacturing, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Water and Wastewater Systems

Countries/Areas Deployed: Worldwide

Company Headquarters Location: Germany

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