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Cisco WAAS Central Manager Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20130731-waascm

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20130731-waascm

Revision 1.0

For Public Release 2013 July 31 16:00  UTC (GMT)


Summary

Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) when configured as Central Manager (CM), contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

Cisco has released free software updates that address this vulnerability. Workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability are not available. This advisory is available at the following link:
http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20130731-waascm

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products

The following products running a vulnerable version of Cisco WAAS Software and configured as Central Manager (CM) are affected by this vulnerability:
  • Cisco WAAS Appliances
  • Cisco Virtual WAAS (vWAAS)
  • Cisco WAAS Modules
Note: Only Cisco WAAS products configured as Central Manager are affected by this vulnerability.

To determine whether the Cisco WAAS Software is configured as CM use the show cms info command. The following example shows Cisco WAAS Software configured as CM:

ciscowaas-cm#show cms info
Device registration information :
Device Id = 182
Device registered as = WAAS Central Manager
Current WAAS Central Manager role = Primary
CMS services information : Service cms_httpd is running Service cms_cdm is running

Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable

The following products running Cisco WAAS Software are not affected by this vulnerability:
  • Cisco WAAS Express (WAASx)
  • Cisco WAAS Mobile
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by these vulnerabilities.

Details

Cisco WAAS application acceleration and WAN optimization solutions accelerate the performance of any TCP-based application delivered across a WAN, providing the benefits of branch-office data consolidation and acceleration of centralized applications.

Every WAAS network must have one primary WAAS CM device that is responsible for managing the other WAAS devices in the network. The Cisco WAAS CM device hosts the Cisco WAAS CM GUI, a web-based interface that allows configuration, management and monitoring of the associated Cisco WAAS devices.


A vulnerability in the web service framework code of Cisco WAAS, when configured as Central Manager (CM) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

The vulnerability is due to insufficient input validation. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted POST request to the affected system. An exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system. Due to the privileged function of the WAAS CM in the Cisco WAAS network, exploitation of this vulnerability could allow the attacker to gain administrative access to all the devices that have been associated to the vulnerable WAAS CM.

Note: Only Cisco WAAS Software configured as CM is affected by this vulnerability.

This vulnerability is documented in Cisco bug ID CSCuh26626 (registered customers only) and has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) ID CVE-2013-3443

Vulnerability Scoring Details

Cisco has scored the vulnerabilities in this advisory based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). The CVSS scoring in this security advisory is in accordance with CVSS version 2.0.

CVSS is a standards-based scoring method that conveys vulnerability severity and helps organizations determine the urgency and priority of a response.

Cisco has provided a base and temporal score. Customers can also compute environmental scores that help determine the impact of the vulnerability in their own networks.

Cisco has provided additional information regarding CVSS at the following link:

http://www.cisco.com/web/about/security/intelligence/cvss-qandas.html

Cisco has also provided a CVSS calculator to compute the environmental impact for individual networks at the following link:

http://intellishield.cisco.com/security/alertmanager/cvss



CSCuh26626 - Cisco WAAS Central Manager Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Calculate the environmental score of CSCuh26626

CVSS Base Score - 10.0

Access Vector

Access Complexity

Authentication

Confidentiality Impact

Integrity Impact

Availability Impact

Network

Low

None

Complete

Complete

Complete

CVSS Temporal Score - 8.7

Exploitability

Remediation Level

Report Confidence

High

Official-Fix

Confirmed


Impact

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may cause an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary command and completely compromise the affected system.
Due to the privileged function of the Cisco WAAS CM in the Cisco WAAS network, exploitation of this vulnerability could allow the attacker to gain administrative access to all the devices that are associated to the vulnerable and compromised CM.

Software Versions and Fixes

The following table lists the recommended releases for each Cisco WAAS Software major release:

Major Releases
Recommended Release
 4.x
 Not Available. Migrate to 5.x
 5.0.x  5.0.3e
 5.1.x  5.1.1c
 5.2.x  5.2.1


Note
: Cisco WAAS Sofware releases prior to 4.2.1 are not affected by this vulnerability.

When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to consult the Cisco Security Advisories, Responses, and Notices archive at http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt and review subsequent advisories to determine exposure and a complete upgrade solution.

In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to be upgraded 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.

Workarounds

There are no workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability.

Obtaining Fixed Software

Cisco has released free software updates that address the vulnerability described in this advisory. Prior to deploying software, customers are advised to consult their maintenance providers or check the software for feature set compatibility and known issues that are specific to their environments.

Customers may only install and expect support for feature sets they have purchased. By installing, downloading, accessing, or otherwise using such software upgrades, customers agree to follow the terms of the Cisco software license at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/warranty/English/EU1KEN_.html.

Customers with Service Contracts

Customers with contracts should obtain upgraded software through their regular update channels. For most customers, upgrades should be obtained through the Software Navigator on Cisco.com at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html.

Customers using Third Party Support Organizations

Customers with Cisco products that are provided or maintained through prior or existing agreements with third-party support organizations, such as Cisco Partners, authorized resellers, or service providers, should contact that organization for assistance with the appropriate course of action.

The effectiveness of any workaround or fix depends on specific customer situations, such as product mix, network topology, traffic behavior, and organizational mission. Because of the variety of affected products and releases, customers should consult their service providers or support organizations to ensure that any applied workaround or fix is the most appropriate in the intended network before it is deployed.

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):

  • +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

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. Customers without service contracts should request free upgrades through the TAC.

Refer to Cisco Worldwide Contacts at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html for additional TAC contact information, including localized telephone numbers, instructions, and e-mail addresses for support in various languages.

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.

This vulnerability was found during the resolution of a support case.

Status of this Notice: Final

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Distribution

This advisory is posted on Cisco Security at the following link:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20130731-waascm

Additionally, a text version of this advisory is clear signed with the Cisco PSIRT PGP key and circulated among the following e-mail addresses:

  • cust-security-announce@cisco.com
  • first-bulletins@lists.first.org
  • bugtraq@securityfocus.com
  • vulnwatch@vulnwatch.org
  • cisco@spot.colorado.edu
  • cisco-nsp@puck.nether.net
  • full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk

Future updates of this advisory, if any, will reside on Cisco.com but may not be announced on mailing lists. Users can monitor this advisory's URL for any updates.


Revision History

Revision 1.0 2013-July-31 Initial public release

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