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Improper Control of Generation of Code ('Code Injection')

CVE-2012-2596

Severity Medium
Score 5.5/10

Summary

The XPath functionality in unspecified web applications in Siemens WinCC 7.0 SP3 before Update 2 does not properly handle special characters in parameters, which allows remote authenticated users to read or modify settings via a crafted URL, related to an "XML injection" attack.

  • LOW
  • NETWORK
  • SINGLE
  • PARTIAL
  • PARTIAL
  • NONE

CWE-94 - Code Injection

Code injection is a type of vulnerability that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code. This vulnerability fully compromises the machine and can cause a wide variety of security issues, such as unauthorized access to sensitive information, manipulation of data, denial of service attacks etc. Code injection is different from command injection in the fact that it is limited by the functionality of the injected language (e.g. PHP), as opposed to command injection, which leverages existing code to execute commands, usually within the context of a shell.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published