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On July 23, 2011, an independent security researcher publicly announced a vulnerability affecting the Siemens S7-300 and S7-400 PLCs. The researcher claims that he was able to achieve a command shell using credentials he was able to acquire from the PLC. This claim has not yet been verified by ICS-CERT or Siemens.
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On August 2, 2011, an independent researcher publicly revealed hardcoded credentials (user name and password) embedded in older versions of Siemens S7-300 PLCs.
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Siemens has determined that the ability to access internal diagnostic functions does not affect the S7-400 PLCs.
Siemens has confirmed that the reported vulnerability does affect certain S7-300 PLCs. The ability to access internal diagnostic functions is present in older versions of the firmware. This includes S7-300 PLCs with integrated Profinet interface shipped before October 2009, and IM15x Profinet PLCs shipped
before September 2010.
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ICS-CERT has also confirmed that the reported vulnerability affects certain S7-300 PLCs and does not affect the S7-400 PLCs.
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Affected CPUs and firmware versions are listed in the table below.
|PLC Name||Affected Version||Fixed In||Date Fixed|
|CPU315(including F)-2PN/DP||V2.6 and previous||V3.1||10/2009|
|CPU317(including F)-2PN/DP||V2.6 and previous||V3.1||10/2009|
|CPU319(including F)-3PN/DP||V2.7 and previous||V2.8||06/2009|
|IM151-8(including F) PN/DP CPU||V2.7||V3.2||08/2010|
|M154-8 PN/DP CPU||V2.5||V3.2||08/2010|
|S7-400 – All Models||Not Affected|
Owners/operators utilizing these affected devices should contact Siemens Service and Support for further
Further information can be found on the Siemens Service and Support website at the following URL: http://support.automation.siemens.com/WW/view/en/51810333.
The Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) also provides a recommended practices section for control systems on the CSSP web page. Several recommended practices are available for reading or download, including Improving Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk assessment prior to taking defensive measures.
Siemens S7-300 and S7-400 PLCs are used in a wide variety of industrial applications worldwide.
Please report any issues affecting control systems in critical infrastructure environments to ICS-CERT.
ICS-CERT published a follow-up advisory titled ICSA-11-223-01 - Siemens SIMATIC PLCs Reported Issues Summary on the ICS-CERT Web page on August 21, 2011.
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