PT-2012-09: Multiple File Path Traversal in WinCC (SCADA)

Vulnerable software

Version: 7.0 SP3 before Update 2 and earlier

Application link:

Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Multiple File Path Traversal (Arbitrary File Reading)
Access Vector: Network exploitable 

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 6.8 
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:N/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2012-2597

Software description

Simatic WinCC is a part of Siemens SIMATIC HMI software that aimed to provide connection between an operator and PLCs that manage technological processes. SIMATIC HMI is responsible for technical process visualization,  alarm system, process assessment and error logging, and also manages device parameters. The software is used in a number of industries including food, oil, gas, chemical, power industries.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have a vulnerability detected "Multiple File Path Traversal" in WinCC.

The web application insufficiently controls the file path input. An attacker can read an arbitrary local file on the server with the web server user privileges via malformed URL.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

23.05.2012 - Vendor is notified
23.05.2012 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
05.06.2012 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
20.06.2012 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was discovered by Sergey Scherbel, Yury Goltsev, Dmitry Serebryannikov, Sergey Bobrov, Denis Baranov, Andrey Medov, Artem Chaykin, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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