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          Cisco Prime Infrastructure contains SUID root binaries
                              19 August 2015


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           Cisco Prime Infrastructure
Publisher:         Cisco Systems
Operating System:  Cisco
Impact/Access:     Root Compromise -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade

Original Bulletin: 

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Vulnerability Note VU#300820

Cisco Prime Infrastructure contains SUID root binaries

Original Release date: 17 Aug 2015 | Last revised: 17 Aug 2015


The Cisco Prime Infrastructure version 2.2 contains two binaries with SUID 
root world-executable privileges, allowing any local user to execute arbitrary
commands as root.


CWE-276: Incorrect Default Permissions

Two binaries are included in Cisco Prime version 2.2 that run as SUID root 
with world-executable privileges. The commands are



These commands may be used to run arbitrary commands as root by any local 

According to Cisco, the default installation does not create any regular 
users, and Cisco does not support or recommend creating regular users or 
utilizing the command line shell for administration. Cisco has provided more 
information in a security advisory (customer user account required to view).


A remote authenticated user may escalate privileges to root and execute 
arbitrary commands.


Apply an update

Cisco has released an update to address this issue. For more information on 
the update, please see Cisco's security advisory (customer user account 
required to view). Affected users should update as soon as possible.

You may also consider the following workaround:

Restrict executable permissions

According to the reporter, affected users may remove the world-executable 
permissions on runShellCommand and runShellAsRoot to disallow any local 
account from utilizing these binaries.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

Vendor Status Date Notified Date Updated

Cisco Affected 16 Mar 2015 08 May 2015

If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector

Base 9.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal 8.5 E:H/RL:W/RC:C

Environmental 6.4 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND





Thanks to Jeremy Brown for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

    CVE IDs: Unknown

    Date Public: 31 Jul 2015

    Date First Published: 17 Aug 2015

    Date Last Updated: 17 Aug 2015

    Document Revision: 56


If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this 
vulnerability, please send us email.

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