PT-2016-41: Information Disclosure in GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and Proficy Historian

(PT-2016-41) Positive Technologies Security Advisory
Information Disclosure in GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and Proficy Historian

Vulnerable product

Version: 5.8 SIM 13 and earlier

Version: 9.0 and earlier

Proficy Historian
Version: 6.0 and earlier


Severity level

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

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 6.4
Vector: (AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:L/A:L)

CVE: CVE-2016-9360

Product description

iFIX from GE Digital, formerly Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX, is the industrial automation system of choice for many applications, ranging from common HMI, as simple as manual data entry and validation, to complex SCADA, such as batch, filtration, and distributed alarm management.
CIMPLICITY from GE Digital (formerly Proficy HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITY) provides client-server based visualization and control from single machines to plant locations spanning the world helping to manage operations and improve decision making.
Historian from GE Digital (formerly Proficy Historian) is a data management software. Historian optimizes asset and plant performance through time series industrial data collection and aggregation and connects to GE Digitals Predix-based cloud solutions like Asset Performance Management, Brilliant Manufacturing, and HMI and SCADA.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Information Disclosure vulnerability in GE Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA CIMPLICITY, and Proficy Historian.

Vulnerability due to insufficient protection of user credentials allows attackers to obtain user passwords.

How to fix

Update your products to the latest version

Advisory status

05.08.2015 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
01.12.2016 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
18.01.2017 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Ilya Karpov, 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+