Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to access confidential data.
The following versions of SCALANCE W700 and W1700, wireless communication devices, are affected:
Under certain conditions, the integrity of EAPOL-key messages might not be checked, leading to a decryption oracle. This could be exploited by an attacker within range of the access point, which could allow the abuse of the vulnerability to access confidential data.
Siemens reported this vulnerability to CISA.
Siemens recommends installing the following software updates to address this vulnerability:
Siemens has identified the following specific workarounds and mitigations users can apply to reduce the risk:
As a general security measure, Siemens strongly recommends protecting network access to devices with appropriate mechanisms. In order to operate the devices in a protected IT environment, Siemens recommends configuring the environment according to Siemens’ operational guidelines for Industrial Security and to follow the recommendations in the product manuals.
Additional information on Industrial Security by Siemens can be found at:
For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation instructions, please see Siemens security advisory SSA-344983 at the following location:
CISA recommends users take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of this vulnerability. Specifically, users should:
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.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.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.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely.
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