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[SVE-793648414] Siemens Industrial Products Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Date Type Platform Author EDB-ID CVE-ID OSVDB-ID Download App SIS Signature
2016-11-08SOFTWARESiemens SIMATIC (Multiple)WATERSURE and KIANDRA ITN/ACVE-2016-7165N/AN/AN/A


# Siemens Industrial Products Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability


Siemens has released an advisory to inform its users how to mitigate a privilege escalation vulnerability that affects several of its industrial products. This vulnerability was reported directly to Siemens by WATERSURE and KIANDRA IT. Siemens has produced updates for several products and a temporary fix for the remaining affected products to mitigate this vulnerability.


Siemens reports that the vulnerability affects the following products:


oV7.0 SP2 and earlier versions prior to V7.0 SP2 Upd 12,
oV7.0 SP3: All versions prior to V7.0 SP3 Upd 8,
oV7.2: All versions,
oV7.3: All versions,
oV7.4: All versions,

#SIMATIC STEP 7 V5.X: All versions,

oV7.1 and earlier versions,
oV8.0: All versions,
oV8.1: All versions,
oV8.2: All versions,

#SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional: All versions,
#SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) Professional: All versions,
#SIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) Basic, Comfort, Advanced: All versions prior to V14,
#SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal): All versions prior to V14,
#SIMATIC NET PC-Software: All versions prior to V14,
#SINEMA Remote Connect Client: All versions,
#SINEMA Server: All versions prior to V13 SP2,
#SIMATIC WinAC RTX 2010 SP2: All versions,
#SIMATIC WinAC RTX F 2010 SP2: All versions,
#SIMATIC IT Production Suite: All versions,
#TeleControl Server Basic: All versions prior to V3.0 SP2,
#SOFTNET Security Client V5.0: All versions,
#SIMIT V9.0,
#Security Configuration Tool (SCT): All versions, and
#Primary Setup Tool (PST): All versions.


This vulnerability could allow local users to escalate their privileges if the affected products are not installed under the default path.

Impact to individual organizations depends on many factors that are unique to each organization. NCCIC/ICS-CERT recommends that organizations evaluate the impact of this vulnerability based on their operational environment, architecture, and product implementation.


Siemens is a multinational company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

SIMATIC WinCC is a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

SIMATIC STEP 7 V5.X and STEP 7 (TIA Portal) are engineering software products for SIMATIC PLC products.

SIMATIC PCS 7 is a distributed control system (DCS) integrating SIMATIC WinCC.

SIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional is a visualization runtime platform used for operator control and monitoring of machines and plants.

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

SIMATIC NET PC-Software is used for communication between controllers (PLCs) and PC based solutions (HMIs).

SINEMA Remote Connect Client ensures management of secure connections (VPN) between headquarters, service technicians and the installed machines or plants.

SINEMA Server is network management software for use in Industrial Ethernet networks.

SIMATIC WinAC RTX is the SIMATIC software controller for PC-based automation solutions.

SIMATIC IT Production Suite is a plant-centric IT solution building the link between Business Systems (e.g., ERP) and Control Systems.

TeleControl Server Basic allows remote monitoring and control of plants.

The SOFTNET Security Client allows programming devices such as PCs and notebook computers to access network nodes or automation systems protected by SCALANCE S.

The simulation software SIMIT allows the simulation of plant setups in order to anticipate faults in the early planning phase.

The Security Configuration Tool (SCT) is an engineering software for security devices such as SCALANCE-S or CP 443-1 Advanced.

The Primary Setup Tool (PST) allows initial network configuration of SIMATIC NET Industrial Ethernet products.

According to Siemens, these products are deployed across several sectors including Chemical, Energy, Food and Agriculture, and Water and Wastewater Systems. Siemens estimates that these products are used worldwide.




Unquoted service paths could allow local Microsoft Windows operating system users to escalate their privileges if the affected products are not installed under their default path ("C:\Program Files\*" or the localized equivalent).
CVE-2016-7165 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3 base score of 6.4 has been calculated; the CVSS vector string is (AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H).



This vulnerability is not exploitable remotely and can only be exploited by a local valid operating system user.


No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability.


Crafting a working exploit for this vulnerability would be difficult.


If the affected products are installed under their default path ("C:\Program Files\*" or the localized equivalent) and the default file system access permissions for drive C:\ were not modified, the security vulnerability is not exploitable.

However, if the affected products are not installed under their default path ("C:\Program Files\*" or the localized equivalent), the security vulnerability is potentially exploitable.

Siemens has released updates for the following products and encourages customers to apply the updates as soon as possible:


oV7.0 SP2: and earlier versions: Update to V7.0 SP2 Upd 12 is external)

oV7.0 SP3: Update to V7.0 SP3 Upd 8 is external)

oSIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) Basic, Comfort, Advanced: Upgrade to V14 is external)

oSIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal): Upgrade to V14 is external)

oSIMATIC NET PC-Software: Upgrade to V14 is external)

oTeleControl Server Basic: Update to V3.0 SP2 is external)

oSINEMA Server: Update to V13 SP2 is external)

For the following products in nondefault configurations, Siemens provides a temporary fix that resolves the security vulnerability:

oSIMATIC PCS 7 V7.1 and V8.0,
oSIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V13,
oSIMATIC NET PC-Software V13,
oSINEMA Remote Connect Client,
oSIMATIC IT Production Suite,
oSOFTNET Security Client V5.0,
oSIMIT V9.0,
oSecurity Configuration Tool (SCT), and
oPrimary Setup Tool (PST).

The temporary fix can be found on Siemens web site at the following location:

For the following products in nondefault configurations, Siemens recommends customers apply the temporary fix, follow Siemens' operational guidelines, and restrict file system access rights:
oSIMATIC WinCC V7.3 and V7.4,
oSIMATIC PCS 7 V8.1 and V8.2,
oSIMATIC WinCC Runtime Professional, and
oSIMATIC WinCC (TIA Portal) Professional.

Siemens strongly recommends users protect network access to engineering workstations and project storage with appropriate mechanisms. Siemens also advises that users configure the operational environment according to Siemens' Operational Guidelines for Industrial Security:

For more information on this vulnerability and more detailed mitigation instructions, please see Siemens Security Advisory SSA-701708 at the following location:

Siemens is working on new versions to incorporate the temporary fix for the remaining affected products and will update SSA-701708 when new information becomes available.