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                  ESB-2001.226 -- Cisco Security Advisory
  Cisco Content Service Switch 11000 Series Web Management Vulnerability
                                1 June 2001


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                Cisco WebNS prior to 4.01B29s
                        Cisco WebNS prior to 4.10B17s
Vendor:                 Cisco Systems
Platform:               CSS 11050
                        CSS 11150
                        CSS 11800
                        All switches running WebNS earlier
                        than 4.01B29s or 4.10B17s
Impact:                 Access Privileged Data
Access Required:        Remote

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Cisco Security Advisory: Cisco Content Service Switch 11000 Series Web
Management Vulnerability

Revision 1.0
For Public Release 2001 May 31 at 1500 UTC

The Cisco Content Service Switch (CSS) 11000 series switches do not enforce
the correct restrictions for accessing the web management URL.

After successful authentication users are redirected to the web management
URL. If users directly connect to the redirected URL they are granted
access to the web management interface without having to reauthenticate.
This vulnerability results in users gaining access to secure data.

This vulnerability is documented as Cisco bug ID CSCdu20931.

This advisory will be posted at

Affected Products
The CSS 11000 series switches (formerly known as Arrowpoint), consist of
the CSS 11050, CSS 11150 and CSS 11800 hardware platforms. They run the
Cisco WebNS Software.

All switches running the following WebNS software revisions are affected by
this vulnerability

   * earlier than 4.01B29s
   * earlier than 4.10B17s

No other Cisco product is currently known to be affected by this

To determine your software revision, type version at the command line

If users bookmark the URL they are redirected to after a successful
authentication on the CSS 11000 series switches, they can later access the
web management interface without having to reauthenticate.

This vulnerability is documented as Cisco bug ID CSCdu20931, which requires
a CCO account to view.

A user can gain access to the web management interface without being
authenticated on the CSS 11000 series switch. This vulnerability can be
minimized by restricting http access to the CSS 11000 series switch.

Software Versions and Fixes
This vulnerability has been fixed in the following Cisco WebNS software

   * 4.01B29s or later
   * 4.10B17s or later

Obtaining Fixed Software
Cisco is offering free software upgrades to remedy this vulnerability for
all affected customers. Customers with service contracts may upgrade to any
software release containing the feature sets they have purchased.

Customers with contracts should obtain upgraded software through their
regular update channels. For most customers, this means that upgrades
should be obtained via the Software Center on Cisco's Worldwide Web site at

Customers without contracts should get their upgrades by contacting the
Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC). TAC contacts are as follows:

   * +1 800 553 2447 (toll free from within North America)
   * +1 408 526 7209 (toll call from anywhere in the world)
   * e-mail: tac@cisco.com

See http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/687/Directory.shtml for additional TAC
contact information, including instructions and e-mail addresses for use in
various languages.

Give the URL of this notice as evidence of your entitlement to a free
upgrade. Free upgrades for non contract customers must be requested through
the TAC. Please do not contact either "psirt@cisco.com" or
"security-alert@cisco.com" for software upgrades.

Web Management can be disabled on the switch.

Access control lists can be applied to restrict HTTP access to the Cisco
CSS 11000 series switch. Access control lists also affect traffic to the
Virtual interface of the Cisco CSS 11000 series switch, so must be applied
with care. For further details on configuring access lists please refer to
the product documentation:


Exploitation and Public Announcements
The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use
of the vulnerabilities described in this advisory.

Status of This Notice: FINAL
This is a final notice. Although Cisco cannot guarantee the accuracy of all
statements in this notice, all of the facts have been checked to the best
of our ability. Cisco does not anticipate issuing updated versions of this
notice unless there is some material change in the facts. Should there be a
significant change in the facts, Cisco may update this notice.

This notice will be posted on Cisco's Worldwide Web site at

In addition to Worldwide Web posting, a text version of this notice is
clear-signed with the Cisco PSIRT PGP key and is posted to the following
e-mail and Usenet news recipients:

   * cust-security-announce@cisco.com
   * bugtraq@securityfocus.com
   * firewalls@lists.gnac.com
   * first-teams@first.org (includes CERT/CC)
   * cisco@spot.colorado.edu
   * cisco-nsp@puck.nether.net
   * comp.dcom.sys.cisco
   * Various internal Cisco mailing lists

Future updates of this notice, if any, will be placed on Cisco's Worldwide
Web server, but may or may not be actively announced on mailing lists or
newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged to check the
URL given above for any updates.

Revision History
 Revision 1.0    May 31, 2001    Initial Public Release

Cisco Security Procedures
Complete information on reporting security vulnerabilities in Cisco
products, obtaining assistance with security incidents, and registering to
receive security information from Cisco, is available on Cisco's Worldwide
Web site at
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/707/sec_incident_response.shtml. This
includes instructions for press inquiries regarding Cisco security notices.

This notice is Copyright 2001 by Cisco Systems, Inc. This notice may be
redistributed freely after the release date given at the top of the text,
provided that redistributed copies are complete and unmodified, and include
all date and version information.

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