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[SVE-481055589] Siemens SIMATIC CP 1543-1 Vulnerabilities

Date Type Platform Author EDB-ID CVE-ID OSVDB-ID Download App SIS Signature
2016-11-22OtherSiemensSOGETI and ANSSIN/ACVE-2016-8561 CVE-2016-8562 N/AN/AN/A


# Siemens SIMATIC CP 1543-1 Vulnerabilities


Siemens has released an advisory to inform its users how to mitigate vulnerabilities that affect SIMATIC CP 1543-1. These vulnerabilities were coordinated directly with Siemens by SOGETI and Agence nationale de la securite des systemes dinformation (ANSSI). Siemens has produced a firmware to mitigate these vulnerabilities.
These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


Siemens reports that the vulnerabilities affect the following versions of SIMATIC CP 1543-1:
SIMATIC CP 1543-1: All versions prior to V2.0.28 


An attacker who exploits these vulnerabilities may be able to elevate privileges on the affected devices or cause a denial-of-service condition.
Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact of these vulnerabilities based on their operational environment, architecture, and product implementation. 


Siemens is a multinational company headquartered in Munich, Germany.
The affected product, SIMATIC CP 1543-1 communication processor, connects the S7-1500 controller to Ethernet networks. It provides integrated security functions, such as firewall and virtual private networks (VPNs), and supports other protocols with data encryption such as FTP. The communication processor protects S7-1500 stations against unauthorized access, as well as integrity and confidentiality of transmitted data. According to Siemens, this product is deployed across several sectors including Chemical, Energy, Food and Agriculture, and Water and Wastewater Systems. Siemens estimates that these products are used worldwide.



Users with elevated privileges to TIA-Portal and project data on the engineering station could possibly get privileged access on affected devices.
CVE-2016-8561b has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 6.6 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Under special conditions, it may be possible to write SNMP variables on Port 161/UDP that should be read-only and should only be configured with TIA-Portal. A write to these variables could reduce the availability or cause a denial of service.
CVE-2016-8562e has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 5.3 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)



These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely.


No known public exploits specifically target these vulnerabilities.


Crafting a working exploit for these vulnerabilities would be difficult.


Siemens provides firmware update V2.0.28 for SIMATIC CP 1543-1 devices, which fixes the vulnerabilities, and recommends users update to the new version
This update can be found on the Siemens web site at the following location:

Siemens strongly recommends users protect network access to the management interface of perimeter devices with appropriate mechanisms
Siemens also advises that users configure the operational environment according to Siemens’ Operational Guidelines for Industrial Security:

For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-672373 at the following location: