Siemens Fixes Critical Vulnerabilities in WinCC SCADA Products

Siemens has released software updates to address two critical vulnerabilities in its SIMATIC WinCC supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, one of which could be exploited remotely by an unauthenticated attacker. The German industrial products giant has also released software updates for WinCC, PCS 7 and TIA Portal products, and said that it is working on additional updates for other versions of the affected products.

SIMATIC WinCC is used to monitor and control physical processes involved in industry and infrastructure, and is often used in industries such as oil and gas, chemical, food and beverage, water and wastewater. PCS 7 is a distributed control system (DCS) integrating SIMATIC WinCC, and TIA Portal is the company’s engineering software used for SIMATIC products.

The first vulnerability (CVE-2014-8551) within WinCC is rated as critical, with a CVSS Base Score or 10.0. The flaw could allow remote code execution for unauthenticated users if specially crafted packets are sent to the WinCC server, according to the security advisory from Siemens ProductCERT published Nov. 21.

The second vulnerability (CVE-2014-8552), also a component within WinCC, could allow an unauthenticated attacker to extract arbitrary files from the WinCC server by sending specially crafted packets to the server. However, in order to exploit this flaw, the attacker must have network access to the affected system, Siemens said.

Read more about the latest fixes released by Siemens for its SCADA products on Security Week.

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