Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches ROM Monitor Software Secure Boot Bypass Vulnerability

2018-09-26T16:00:00
ID CISCO-SA-20180926-CATALYST6800
Type cisco
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2018-09-26T14:36:45

Description

A vulnerability in Cisco IOS ROM Monitor (ROMMON) Software for Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches could allow an unauthenticated, local attacker to bypass Cisco Secure Boot validation checks and load a compromised software image on an affected device.

The vulnerability is due to the presence of a hidden command in the affected software. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by connecting to an affected device via the console, forcing the device into ROMMON mode, and writing a malicious pattern to a specific memory address on the device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to bypass signature validation checks by Cisco Secure Boot technology and load a compromised software image on the affected device. A compromised software image is any software image that has not been digitally signed by Cisco.

There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link: https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20180926-catalyst6800 ["https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20180926-catalyst6800"]