PT-2018-05: Unauthorized Firmware Modification in Siemens EN100 Ethernet modules

(PT-2018-05) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Unauthorized Firmware Modification in Siemens EN100 Ethernet modules

Vulnerable products

DIGSI 4
Version: 4.91 and earlier
EN100 Ethernet module IEC 61850
Version: 4.29 and earlier
EN100 Ethernet module PROFINET IO
Version: all vesions
EN100 Ethernet module Modbus TCP
Version: all vesions
EN100 Ethernet module DNP3
Version: all vesions
EN100 Ethernet module IEC 104
Version: all vesions

Link:
https://www.siemens.com/

Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Unauthorized Firmware Modification
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 7.5
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2018-4838

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Unauthorized Firmware Modification vulnerability in Siemens EN100 Ethernet modules.

Vulnerability allows unauthenticated attackers to upgrade or downgrade the firmware of the affected device (including to older versions with known vulnerabilities) via its web interface (TCP/80).

How to fix

Update firmware to the latest version or use the vendor's recommendations

Advisory status

17.12.2015 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
08.03.2018 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
30.03.2018 - Public disclosure

Credits

The vulnerability was detected by Ilya Karpov and Alexey Stennikov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)

References

http://en.securitylab.ru/lab/PT-2018-05
https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/advisories/ICSA-18-067-02
https://cert-portal.siemens.com/productcert/pdf/ssa-845879.pdf

Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

https://www.ptsecurity.com/
https://en.securitylab.ru/lab/

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