Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal) < 14 Unquoted Service Path Local Privilege Escalation (SSA-701708)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 95715


An application installed on the remote host is affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal) installed on the remote Windows host is prior to version 14. It is, therefore, affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability due to an unquoted service path. A local attacker can exploit this, via a malicious executable in the root path, to elevate privileges.

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Siemens SIMATIC TIA Portal version 14 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 95715

File Name: scada_siemens_tia_step7_SSA-701708.nbin

Version: 1.159

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: SCADA

Published: 12/12/2016

Updated: 3/26/2024

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-7165


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 5.6

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:siemens:simatic_tiaportal, cpe:/a:siemens:simatic_step_7

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 (TIA Portal)

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/7/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/7/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7165

BID: 94158

ICSA: 16-313-02