PT-2014-15: Privilege Gaining in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC

Vulnerable platform

Version: 7.2 and earlier

Version: 8.0 and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Privilege Gaining
Access Vector: Local

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

CVE: CVE-2014-4685

Platform description

Siemens 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 a Privilege Gaining vulnerability in SIMATIC WinCC.

Access permissions on system objects could allow a local user to obtain limited escalated privileges within the operating system.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

19.03.2014 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
23.07.2014 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
29.07.2014 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Alexander Tlyapov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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