PT-2013-90: Unauthorized Access in Emerson DeltaV

Vulnerable software

Emerson DeltaV
Version: 10.3.1, 11.3, 11.3.1, and 12.3


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Modification of system information, User Access Modification
Access Vector: Local

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.6
Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

CVE: CVE-2014-2349

Software description

Emerson DeltaV - As the first fully digital automation system, the DeltaV Digital Automation System helps you improve your operations by harnessing today’s predictive technologies in an easy, intuitive, and interoperable way to connect your people, process, and production.

The system is packed full of key features like I/O marshalling on demand, scalability to match any project size, intelligent control, seamless integration, and best of all, customization to your process control application needs.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Unauthorized Access vulnerability in Emerson DeltaV.

A Local attacker with user privileges can read configuration file to obtain sensitive information. User name and password for the DeltaVAdmin account are stored in plaintext.

How to fix

Update your sofware up to the latest version

Advisory status

03.10.2013 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
22.05.2014 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
28.05.2014 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Dmitry Nagibin, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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