Siemens updates S7-1200 firmware to fix vulnerability

  • June 13, 2011
  • Siemens
  • News

June 13, 2011 - Despite recent news reports, Siemens latest software vulnerabilities are not caused by malware (like Stuxnet), but by a weakness in communication functions of its Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) product, called S7-1200. The vulnerability was discovered by an NSS Labs researcher and resulted in an ICS-CERT security advisory. On Friday, June 10, Siemens released a firmware update of its S7-1200 PLC that eliminates vulnerabilities and improves the security and robustness of its S7-1200 product family. At this point, Siemens is not aware of any customers affected by the identified weak points found in its S7-1200 PLCs. The company would like to emphasize that it is fully committed to maintaining the highest quality products with the most stringent security standards. Siemens experts have been working closely with ICS-CERT and various user communities to continuously improve the Siemens industrial controller products. Siemens continues to recommend to all its customers that they implement the appropriate security measures (e.g. firewall, secure switches and gateways) in their facilities that are typically separate from the actual PLCs. As a further precaution, Siemens controllers, including the S7-300/400 families, are being tested against the discovered vulnerability scenarios. Today, Siemens can already exclude any vulnerability of the S7-300/400 against the “denial of service” scenario. Ongoing and extensive tests of further security scenarios are currently underway in our R&D labs. Depending on the results of those tests, the company will react accordingly. If any customers have concerns that an unauthorized person has been able to record an online communication between the engineering PC and the PLC, the company recommends an immediate change to the PLC password.  

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