Cisco NX-OS Software Input Validation Vulnerability

ID CISCO-SA-20131009-CVE-2012-4077
Type cisco
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-10-09T13:51:16


A vulnerability in input parsing in Cisco NX-OS Software could allow an authenticated, local attacker to execute commands on the underlying operating system.

The vulnerability is due to improper filtering of parameters passed to the Stream Editor (sed) filter. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by using sed with the e option. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to access the bash shell and run arbitrary shell commands with administrative privileges.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and has released software updates.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires authenticated access to the targeted system. Authenticated access may require the attacker to access trusted, internal networks. These requirements could limit the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that functional exploit code exists; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.