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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Cisco Content Services Switch (11500) Unauthenticated Port
20 March 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco Content Services Switch
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
Impact/Access: Unauthorised Access -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2015-0667
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Cisco Content Services Switch (11500) Unauthenticated Port Forwarding
Threat Type: CWE-264: Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control
IntelliShield ID: 37889
First Published: 2015 March 18 12:52 GMT
Last Published: 2015 March 18 12:52 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency: Unlikely Use
Severity: Mild Damage
CVSS Base: 5.0 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal: 4.5
Version Summary: Cisco Content Services Switch (11500) contains a
vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain
unauthorized access to other devices. Updates are not available.
A vulnerability in the Management Interface of the Cisco Content Services
Switch (11500) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain
unauthorized access to other devices on the network.
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of SSH packets. An attacker
could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted packets to the Management
Interface on the Cisco Content Services Switch (CSS).
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability; however, software updates are not
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco CSS 11500 series running
versions 8.20.4.02 and prior were vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco CSS may
also be vulnerable.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need to acquire additional
information, such as the IP address of the Management Interface on a targeted
device in order to send crafted packets to the device.
Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that proof-of-concept exploit code
exists; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.
Cisco has released bug ID CSCut14855 for registered users that contains
additional details and an up-to-date list of affected products versions.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain
unauthorized access to other devices on the same network as the affected
device. A successful exploit could be used to conduct further attacks.
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of SSH packets by an affected
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by
sending crafted SSH packets to the Management Interface on the targeted
device. If successful, the attacker could have the ability to gain
unauthorized access to other devices that reside on the same network as the
targeted device, which could be used to conduct further attacks.
Administrators are advised to contact the vendor regarding future updates and
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.
Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by
using a solid firewall strategy.
Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to
allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.
Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
Software updates are not available.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
Cisco Cisco Content Services Switch (CSS) 11506 Base, 5.0, 6.10, 7.1, 7.2,
7.3, 7.4, 7.50.1.03, 7.50.2.05,
7.50.3.03, 8.10.1.06, 8.10.2.05,
8.10.3.01, 8.10.4.01, 8.10.5.03,
8.10.6.02, 8.20.0.01, 8.20.1.01,
8.20.2.01, 8.20.3.03, 8.20.4.02
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