PT-2013-40: Resource Exhaustion in Wonderware Information Server

(PT-2013-40) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Resource Exhaustion in Wonderware Information Server

Vulnerable software

Wonderware Information Server
Version 4.0 SP1, 4.5- Portal and 5.0- Portal

Application link:

Severity level

Severity level: High
Impact: Arbitrary Code Execution, Denial of Service
Access Vector: Remote   

CVSS v2: 
Base Score: 9.3 
Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

CVE: CVE-2013-0685

Software description

Wonderware Information Server aggregates and presents plant performance metrics and production data to operations, maintenance and engineering personnel, via an easy to implement web solution. Wonderware Information Server as well as Wonderware Intouch HMI are the part of a unified solution for building ArchestrA System Platform SCADA- and HMI-systems. This solution is used by personnel of nuclear power plants, chemical plants and other critically important objects.

Vulnerability description

Positive Research Center experts have discovered "Resource Exhaustion" vulnerability in Wonderware Information Server.

WIS does not properly restrict the size or amount of resources that are requested, allowing the attacker to consume more resources than intended. This vulnerability, if exploited, could allow remote code execution and DoS.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version.

Advisory status

16.12.2012 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
23.04.2013 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
10.06.2013 - Public disclosure


This vulnerability have discovered by Ivan Poliyanchuk, Evgeny Ermakov, Nikita Mikhalevsky, Dmitry Serebryannikov, Vyacheslav Egoshin, Gleb Gritsai, Denis Baranov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is among the key players in the IT security market in Russia.

The principal activities of the company include the development of integrated tools for information security monitoring (MaxPatrol); providing IT security consulting services and technical support; development of the Securitylab leading Russian information security portal.

Among the clients of Positive Technologies, there are more than 40 state enterprises, more than 50 banks and financial organizations, 20 telecommunication companies, more than 40 plant facilities, as well as IT, service and retail companies from Russia, the CIS countries, the Baltic States, China, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA.

Positive Technologies is a team of highly skilled developers, advisers and experts with years of vast hands-on experience. The company specialists possess professional titles and certificates; they are the members of various international societies and are actively involved in the IT security field development.