Cisco Unified Computing System Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in Cisco Unified Computing System software KVM client could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack.
The vulnerability is due to improper certificate validation by the KVM client. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by intercepting a KVM connection. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to view or modify KVM data.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco Unified Computing System Software versions 2.0 and prior were vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco Unified Computing System Software may also be vulnerable.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must be in a position to present a crafted certificate to the targeted device, which may reside on trusted, internal networks. As a result, the location of the targeted device may reduce 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.
Cisco has released a security notice at the following link: CVE-2012-4073
Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCte90332 for the most complete list of affected product versions.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to intercept a KVM connection, which could allow the attacker to view or modify KVM data. Successful exploitation could be leveraged to conduct further attacks.
The vulnerability is due to improper certification validation by the KVM client used by the affected software.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by presenting a crafted certificate to the targeted device and performing a man-in-the-middle attack. If successful, the attacker could have the ability to view or modify KVM data, which could be leveraged to conduct further attacks.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.
Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.
Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
Cisco customers with active contracts should contact their Cisco support team for assistance in upgrading to a software version that includes fixes for this vulnerability. Cisco customers without contracts may contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center at 1-800-553-2447 or 1-408-526-7209 or via email at email@example.com for assistance.
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