Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20031202-SNMP-trap
For Public Release 2003 December 2 17:00 UTC (GMT)
Cisco Aironet Access Points (AP) running Cisco IOS® software will send
any static Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) key in the cleartext to the Simple
Network Management Protocol (SNMP) server if the snmp-server
enable traps wlan-wep command is enabled. Affected hardware
models are the Cisco Aironet 1100, 1200, and 1400 series. This command is
disabled by default. The workaround is to disable this command. Any dynamically
set WEP key will not be disclosed.
Cisco Aironet AP models running VxWorks operating system are not
affected by this vulnerability. No other Cisco product is affected.
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This section provides details on affected products.
Cisco Aironet AP 1100, 1200, and 1400 series running Cisco IOS software
are affected. The Cisco AP 350 running Cisco IOS software is not affected. APs
running VxWorks-based operating system are not affected.
To determine if you are running Cisco IOS software, type the following
command on your workstation, replacing "10.0.0.1" with the IP address of your
If you are not presented with a menu in a graphic form but simply with
a prompt (such as ap1200%), then you may be
To further confirm that you are running Cisco IOS software, type the
show version command at the prompt. If the result of
the command is similar to the example below, then you are running Cisco IOS
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) C1200 Software (C1200-K9W7-M), Version 12.2(11)JA1, EARLY DEPLOYMENT RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
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If you have determined that Cisco IOS software is being used on the
AP, execute the following command.
snmp-server enable traps tty
snmp-server enable traps dot11-qos
snmp-server enable traps wlan-wep <<<<<<
If your configuration contains the line marked with << , then you
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by these
If enabled, the snmp-server enable traps
wlan-wep command will send static WEP keys in the cleartext to
the SNMP server every time a key is changed or the AP is rebooted. This
vulnerability is opportunistic, and the following conditions must be met for
the vulnerability to be exploited.
The snmp-server enable traps wlan-wep
command must be enabled. (It is disabled by default.)
An adversary must be able to intercept SNMP packets sent from the AP
to the SNMP server.
The AP in question must be rebooted or the static WEP key must be
Under these circumstances, an adversary will be able to intercept all
static WEP keys.
Dynamically configured WEP keys are not affected by this vulnerability
and will not be revealed. A WEP key is dynamically configured if you are using
one of the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) authentication protocols.
The following EAP authentication protocols are currently supported in Cisco
APs: LEAP, EAP-TLS, PEAP, EAP-MD5, and EAP-SIM.
This vulnerability is assigned Cisco
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By being able to intercept a static WEP key, an attacker can
drastically reduce the effort to break WEP encryption. Please note that this is
true only for cases in which you are not using one of the EAP authentication
types but are using only static WEP keys.
The vulnerable Cisco IOS software releases are 12.2(8)JA, 12.2(11)JA
The first fixed release is 12.2(13)JA1.
The workaround is to disable the associated SNMP trap command by typing
the following global command.
ap1200(config)#no snmp-server enable traps wlan-wep
While the above command will stop the AP from sending your WEP key,
Cisco recommends that you do not use static WEP keys but use some of the EAP
authentication protocols supported by the AP. The WEP scheme itself has several
severe drawbacks. For more details regarding wireless LAN security, please see
The papers there are regarding general wireless security and provide
Cisco has made free software available to address this vulnerability
for affected customers. Prior to deploying software, customers should consult
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and known issues specific to their environment.
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use of the vulnerabilities described in this advisory. This vulnerability was
discovered by Bill Van Devender.
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