PT-2016-01: Arbitrary File Upload in Advantech WebAccess

Vulnerable software

Advantech WebAccess
Version: 8.0 and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Remote Code Execution
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 10
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

CVE: CVE-2016-0854

Software description

Advantech WebAccess is a browser-based software package for human-machine interfaces HMI, and supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA. It is used to automate complex industrial processes for situations where remote operations are needed.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Arbitrary File Upload vulnerability in Advantech WebAccess.

It was discovered that Advantech WebAccess before 8.1 allows remote unauthenticated users to create or write to arbitrary files on the server.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

15.12.2014 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
14.01.2016 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
10.03.2016 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Alexey Osipov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading provider of vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions to more than 1,000 global enterprise clients. Our solutions work seamlessly across your entire business: securing applications in development; assessing your network and application vulnerabilities; assuring compliance with regulatory requirements; and blocking real-time attacks. Our commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on SCADA, Banking, Telecom, Web Application and ERP security, and distinction as the #1 fastest growing Security and Vulnerability Management firm in 2012, as shown in an IDC report*. To learn more about Positive Technologies please visit

*Source: IDC Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares, doc #242465, August 2013. Based on year-over-year revenue growth in 2012 for vendors with revenues of $20M+

4G and 5G are not ready for smart cities