PT-2015-11: Information Disclosure in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal)

(PT-2015-11) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Information Disclosure in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal)

Vulnerable software

Siemens SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal)
Version: 13 and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Information Disclosure
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.3
Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2015-1358

Software description

Siemens SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) is an engineering software to configure and program SIMATIC Panels, SIMATIC Industrial PCs, and Standard PCs running WinCC Runtime Advanced or SCADA System WinCC Runtime Professional visualization software.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Information Disclosure vulnerability in Siemens SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal).

Vulnerability exists in the remote management module of WinCC (TIA Portal) Multi Panels, Comfort Panels, and RT Advanced due to improper encryption of credentials when transmitting them over the network, which allows attackers sniffing the network to reconstruct used credentials.

How to fix

Update your sofware up to the latest version

Advisory status

21.09.2012 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
13.02.2015 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
25.02.2015 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Gleb Gritsai, Roman Ilin, Alexander Tlyapov, and Sergey Gordeychik, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


Reports on the vulnerabilities previously discovered by Positive Research:

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*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+