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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- CVSS v3 7.8
- ATTENTION: Low attack complexity
- Vendor: Siemens
- Equipment: TIA Portal and PCS neo
- Vulnerability: Improper Access Control
2. UPDATE INFORMATION
This updated advisory is a follow-up to the original advisory titled ICSA-21-040-05 Siemens TIA Administrator that was published February 9, 2021, to the ICS webpage on us-cert.cisa.gov.
3. RISK EVALUATION
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow local users to escalate privileges and execute code as a local SYSTEM user.
4. TECHNICAL DETAILS
4.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS
The following Siemens products, are affected:
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- PCS neo (Administration Console): v3.1
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- TIA Portal: v15, v15.1, and v16
4.2 VULNERABILITY OVERVIEW
The affected product has improper access controls, which may allow an attacker to execute code with SYSTEM privileges.
- CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Critical Manufacturing
- COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
- COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany
Will Dormann from CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) reported this vulnerability to Siemens.
Siemens has released the following update and recommends it be applied:
Tia Portal: Update TIA Administrator to v1.0 SP2 Upd2 or later version
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- SIMATIC PCS neo: Update to v3.1 or later version
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Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users can apply to reduce the risk:
- Restrict local access to authorized users.
- For PCS neo apply measures described in Industrial Security in SIMATIC PCS neo
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://www.siemens.com/industrialsecurity
For more information see Siemens security advisory SSA-428051
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 Strategies.
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:
- Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
- Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on avoiding email scams.
- Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.
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