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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller
Enterprise Module Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
18 August 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
Impact/Access: Root Compromise -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2016-1365
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Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module Remote
Code Execution Vulnerability
2016 August 17 16:00 GMT
No workarounds available
Cisco Bug IDs:
Base 8.5, Temporal 7.0
A vulnerability in the Grapevine update process of the Cisco Application
Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) could allow an
authenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the underlying
operating system with the privileges of the root user.
The vulnerability is due to insufficient input sanitization during the
Grapevine update process. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by
authenticating to the affected system with administrative privileges and
inserting arbitrary commands into an upgrade parameter. An exploit could allow
the attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the affected system with
Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability.
Workarounds that address this vulnerability are not available.
This advisory is available at the following link:
This vulnerability affects Cisco APIC-EM software release 1.0.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this
There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
Cisco has released free software updates that address the vulnerability
described in this advisory. Customers may only install and expect support for
software versions and feature sets for which they have purchased a license. By
installing, downloading, accessing, or otherwise using such software upgrades,
customers agree to follow the terms of the Cisco software license:
Additionally, customers may only download software for which they have a valid
license, procured from Cisco directly, or through a Cisco authorized reseller
or partner. In most cases this will be a maintenance upgrade to software that
was previously purchased. Free security software updates do not entitle
customers to a new software license, additional software feature sets, or
major revision upgrades.
When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to consult the Cisco
Security Advisories and Responses archive at http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt and
review subsequent advisories to determine exposure and a complete upgrade
In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to upgrade contain
sufficient memory and confirm that current hardware and software
configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release. If
the information is not clear, customers are advised to contact the Cisco
Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or their contracted maintenance providers.
Customers Without Service Contracts
Customers who purchase directly from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco service
contract and customers who make purchases through third-party vendors but are
unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through their point of sale should
obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC):
Customers should have the product serial number available and be prepared to
provide the URL of this advisory as evidence of entitlement to a free upgrade.
This vulnerability is fixed in Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure
Controller Enterprise Module release 1.1 and later.
To download a release of Cisco APIC-EM Software, visit the Software Center on
Cisco.com and navigate to Products > Cloud and Systems Management > Policy and
Automation Controllers > Application Policy Infrastructure Controller
Enterprise Module (APIC-EM).
Exploitation and Public Announcements
The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is not aware of any
public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability that is described
in this advisory.
Version Description Section Status Date
1.0 Initial public release. - Final 2016-August-17
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