PT-2013-27: Directory Traversal in Siemens Simatic WinCC and PCS 7

Vulnerable software

Siemens Simatic WinCC
Version: 7.0 SP3 and earlier

Siemens Simatic PCS 7
Version: 8.0 and earlier

Application link:

Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Arbitrary Files Reading
Access Vector: Remote  

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.0
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2013-0679

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.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected "Directory Traversal" vulnerability in Siemens Simatic WinCC and PCS 7.

Authenticated users may manipulate the URL in the web browser to access the file system of the web server. With this vulnerability they may read all the files that are readable in the web server context.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

11.07.2012 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
15.03.2013 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
29.03.2013 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was discovered by Sergey Bobrov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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