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Cisco Security Advisory

Cisco Application Control Engine Administrator IP Address Overlap Vulnerability

Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20120620-ace

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20120620-ace

Revision 1.1

Last Updated  2012 June 20 19:27  UTC (GMT)

For Public Release 2012 June 20 16:00  UTC (GMT)

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Summary

A vulnerability exists in Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) software.  Administrative users may be logged into an unintended context (virtual instance) on the ACE when running in multicontext mode.

Cisco has released free software updates that address this vulnerability.  A workaround is available for this vulnerability. This advisory is available at the following link:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20120620-ace

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products

Cisco ACE appliances or modules are vulnerable when running in multicontext mode.  In order for this vulnerability to be exploited two or more contexts must be configured with the same management IP address.  An administrator could be logged in to a different context than intended, when attempting to access the management IP address of their intended context. The administrator must have valid login credentials for the unintended context, otherwise, access will be denied.

Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable

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

Details

Cisco ACE appliances or modules are vulnerable when running in multicontext mode.  For this vulnerability to be exploited two or more contexts must be configured with the same management IP address. The administrator must have valid login credentials for the incorrect context when being logged in.

This vulnerability is described in Cisco bug ID CSCts30631 (registered customers only) and has been assigned Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID CVE-2012-3063.

Vulnerability Scoring Details

Cisco has scored the vulnerability 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



CSCts30631 - Block admin connections from overlapping contexts

Calculate the environmental score of CSCts30631

CVSS Base Score - 7.1

Access Vector

Access Complexity

Authentication

Confidentiality Impact

Integrity Impact

Availability Impact

Network

High

Single

Complete

Complete

Complete

CVSS Temporal Score - 5.9

Exploitability

Remediation Level

Report Confidence

Functional

Official-Fix

Confirmed


Impact

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may cause users to be logged in to an unintended context as the administrator.  This situation could happen inadvertently.  Configurations can be viewed and/or changed by the administrator.

Software Versions and Fixes

When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to consult the Cisco Security Advisories and Responses 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.

This vulnerability has been fixed in Cisco ACE software versions A4(2.3) and A5(1.1) .  These software versions are available for both the ACE appliance and ACE module from Cisco Software Navigator at http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html.

Workarounds

Configure a unique management IP address for each context on the Cisco ACE.  A configuration reference is available at
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/docs/app_ntwk_services/data_center_app_services/ace_appliances/vA3_2_2/configuration/quick/guide/setup.html#wp1010576

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 troubleshooting of a customer case.

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 Security Intelligence Operations at the following link:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20120620-ace

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 1.1 2012-June-20 Corrected CVE ID
Revision 1.0 2012-June-20 Initial public release

Cisco Security Procedures

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


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