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Cisco Security Advisory

Management Center for Cisco Security Agent Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20110216-csa

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20110216-csa

Revision 1.0

For Public Release 2011 February 16 16:00  UTC (GMT)


Summary

The Management Center for Cisco Security Agent is affected by a vulnerability that may allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform remote code execution on the affected device.

Cisco has released free software updates that address this vulnerability.

A workaround is available to mitigate this vulnerability.

This advisory is posted at http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20110216-csa.

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products

Cisco Security Agent software releases 5.1, 5.2, and 6.0 are affected by this vulnerability.

Note:  Only the Management Center for Cisco Security Agent is affected by this vulnerability. Cisco Security Agent installations on end-point workstations or servers are not affected by this vulnerability.

Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable

No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this vulnerability.

Details

Cisco Security Agent provides threat protection for server and desktop computing systems. Cisco Security Agent can function in a standalone manner or can be managed by the Management Center for Cisco Security Agent.

The Management Center for Cisco Security Agent is affected by a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform remote code execution on the affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to modify agent policies and system configuration and perform other administrative tasks.

Note: This vulnerability can be exploited only by sending certain packets to the web management interface, which by default listens on TCP port 443.

This vulnerability is documented in Cisco Bug ID CSCtj51216 ( registered customers only) and has been assigned the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) identifier CVE-2011-0364.

Vulnerability Scoring Details

Cisco has provided scores for the vulnerability in this advisory based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). The CVSS scoring in this Security Advisory is done in accordance with CVSS version 2.0.

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

Cisco has provided a base and temporal score. Customers can then compute environmental scores to assist in determining the impact of the vulnerability in individual networks.

Cisco has provided an FAQ to answer additional questions regarding CVSS at

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

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

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

CSCtj51216 - CSAMC webagent security issue

Calculate the environmental score of CSCtj51216

CVSS Base Score - 10

Access Vector

Access Complexity

Authentication

Confidentiality Impact

Integrity Impact

Availability Impact

Network

Low

None

Complete

Complete

Complete

CVSS Temporal Score - 8.3

Exploitability

Remediation Level

Report Confidence

Functional

Official-Fix

Confirmed

Impact

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform remote code execution on the affected device and to perform agent policy modification, system configuration, and other administrative tasks.

Software Versions and Fixes

When considering software upgrades, consult http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt and any subsequent advisories to determine exposure and a complete upgrade solution.

In all cases, customers should exercise caution to be certain the devices to be upgraded contain sufficient memory and that current hardware and software configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release. If the information is not clear, contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or your contracted maintenance provider for assistance.

The vulnerability is corrected in Cisco Security Agent software versions 6.0.2.145 and later.

Cisco Security Agent software can be downloaded from the following link:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=278065206


Workarounds

The following policy can be configured as a workaround to mitigate this vulnerability. Complete the following steps to deploy this policy for the Cisco Security Agent running on the Management Center for Cisco Security Agent server.

Create a New Application Class

Step 1. Specify the name of the application class as 'CSA MC - all applications but not its descendants'.

Step 2. Select when created from one of the following executables in the Add Process to application class area and specify @(regpath HKLM\SOFTWARE\Cisco\CSAMC60\ProductRootDir default=**\CSAMC*)\**\*.exe as the value.

Step 3. Ensure that the Only this process option is selected.

Step 4. Click Save.

Create a priority deny Application Control Rule

Step 1. Name the APCR as CSAMC applications invoking non-CSAMC applications for better readability.

Step 2. Enable logging.

Step 3. For Current applications in any of the following selected classes select the application class created under "Create a New Application Class." For the But not option, select <none>.

Step 4. For New applications in any of the following selected classes select <All Applications>. For the But not option, select the new application class created under "Create a New Application Class."

Step 5. Click Save.

Obtaining Fixed Software

Cisco has released free software updates that address this vulnerability. Prior to deploying software, customers should consult their maintenance provider or check the software for feature set compatibility and known issues specific to their environment.

Customers may only install and expect support for the feature sets they have purchased. By installing, downloading, accessing or otherwise using such software upgrades, customers agree to be bound by the terms of Cisco's software license terms found at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/warranty/English/EU1KEN_.html, or as otherwise set forth at Cisco.com Downloads at http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/sw-usingswc.shtml.

Do not contact psirt@cisco.com or security-alert@cisco.com for software upgrades.

Customers with Service Contracts

Customers with contracts should obtain upgraded software through their regular update channels. For most customers, this means that upgrades should be obtained through the Software Center on Cisco's worldwide website at http://www.cisco.com.

Customers Using Third-Party Support Organizations

Customers whose Cisco products 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 support organization for guidance and assistance with the appropriate course of action in regards to this advisory.

The effectiveness of any workaround or fix is dependent on specific customer situations, such as product mix, network topology, traffic behavior, and organizational mission. Due to the variety of affected products and releases, customers should consult with their service provider or support organization to ensure any applied workaround or fix is the most appropriate for use in the intended network before it is deployed.

Customers Without Service Contracts

Customers who purchase direct from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco service contract, and customers who purchase through third-party vendors but are unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through their point of sale should acquire upgrades by contacting the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC). TAC contacts are as follows.

  • +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 their product serial number available and be prepared to give the URL of this notice as evidence of entitlement to a free upgrade. Free upgrades for non-contract customers must be requested through the TAC.

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

Exploitation and Public Announcements

The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability described in this advisory.

This vulnerability was found by Gerry Eisenhaur and reported to Cisco by ZDI.

Status of This Notice: Final

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A stand-alone copy or Paraphrase of the text of this document that omits the distribution URL in the following section is an uncontrolled copy, and may lack important information or contain factual errors.


Distribution

This advisory is posted on Cisco's worldwide website at :

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20110216-csa

In addition to worldwide web posting, a text version of this notice is clear-signed with the Cisco PSIRT PGP key and is posted to the following e-mail and Usenet news recipients.

  • 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
  • comp.dcom.sys.cisco@newsgate.cisco.com

Future updates of this advisory, if any, will be placed on Cisco's worldwide website, but may or may not be actively announced on mailing lists or newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged to check the above URL for any updates.


Revision History

Revision 1.0

2011-Feb-16

Initial public release.

Cisco Security Procedures

Complete information on reporting security vulnerabilities in Cisco products, obtaining assistance with security incidents, and registering to receive security information from Cisco, is available on Cisco's worldwide website at http://www.cisco.com/web/about/security/psirt/security_vulnerability_policy.html. This includes instructions for press inquiries regarding Cisco security notices. All Cisco security advisories are available at http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt.


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