PT-2016-33: Privilege Gaining in Siemens SICAM PAS

Vulnerable software

Version: 7.x and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Privilege Gaining
Access Vector: Remote

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

CVE: CVE-2016-8567

Software description

Siemens SICAM PAS (Power Automation System) is a solution for distributed-substation control and management widely adopted in the energy industry.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Privilege Gaining vulnerability in Siemens SICAM PAS.

SICAM PAS has a factory account with hardcoded passwords, which allows attackers to gain privileged access to the database via TCP port 2638.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

15.01.2016 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
25.11.2016 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
29.11.2016 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Ilya Karpov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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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+