ICS Advisory

Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal)

Release Date
Alert Code
ICSA-23-348-07

As of January 10, 2023, CISA will no longer be updating ICS security advisories for Siemens product vulnerabilities beyond the initial advisory. For the most up-to-date information on vulnerabilities in this advisory, please see Siemens' ProductCERT Security Advisories (CERT Services | Services | Siemens Global).



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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • CVSS v3 4.2
  • ATTENTION: Low attack complexity
  • Vendor: Siemens
  • Equipment: SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal)
  • Vulnerability: Cleartext Storage of Sensitive Information in Memory

2. RISK EVALUATION

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a local attacker to gain access to the access level password of the SIMATIC S7-1200 and S7-1500 CPUs, when entered by a legitimate user in the hardware configuration of the affected application.

3. TECHNICAL DETAILS

3.1 AFFECTED PRODUCTS

The following Siemens product is affected:

  • SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal): All versions prior to V19

3.2 Vulnerability Overview

3.2.1 CLEARTEXT STORAGE OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION IN MEMORY CWE-316

An information disclosure vulnerability could allow a local attacker to gain access to the access level password of the SIMATIC S7-1200 and S7-1500 CPUs, when entered by a legitimate user in the hardware configuration of the affected application.

CVE-2022-46141 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 4.2 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N).

3.3 BACKGROUND

  • CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS: Multiple
  • COUNTRIES/AREAS DEPLOYED: Worldwide
  • COMPANY HEADQUARTERS LOCATION: Germany

3.4 RESEARCHER

Sharon Brizinov from Claroty reported this vulnerability to Siemens. Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.

4. MITIGATIONS

Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users can apply to reduce risk:

As a general security measure, Siemens recommends protecting network access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. To operate the devices in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends configuring the environment according to Siemens' operational guidelines for industrial security and following recommendations in the product manuals.

Additional information on industrial security by Siemens can be found on the Siemens industrial security webpage.

For more information see the associated Siemens security advisory SSA-887801 in HTML and CSAF.

CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability, such as:

  • Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems, ensuring they are not accessible from the internet.
  • Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls and isolating them from business networks.
  • When remote access is required, use more secure methods, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Recognize VPNs may have vulnerabilities, should be updated to the most recent version available, and are 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 cisa.gov. Several CISA products detailing cyber defense best practices are available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.

CISA encourages organizations to implement recommended cybersecurity strategies for proactive defense of ICS assets.

Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are publicly available on the ICS webpage at cisa.gov in the technical information paper, ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation Strategies.

Organizations observing suspected malicious activity should follow established internal procedures and report 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:

No known public exploitation specifically targeting this vulnerability has been reported to CISA at this time. This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.

5. UPDATE HISTORY

  • December 14, 2023: Initial Publication

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Vendor

Siemens