Cisco Unified Computing System contains a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary commands with elevated privileges. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) of the
Cisco Unified Computing System could allow an authenticated, local
attacker to inject arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system
with elevated privileges.
The vulnerability is due to improper
filtering of user-supplied parameters. An attacker could exploit this
vulnerability by providing invalid parameters to certain command-line interface (CLI) commands.
An exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary commands or
obtain an interactive shell with elevated privileges.
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 versions 1.4(1c) and prior were vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco Unified Computing System may also be vulnerable.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have local access to a targeted device, which may reside on trusted, internal networks behind firewall restrictions. These access requirements decrease 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-2012-4112
Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCtr43330 for a complete list of affected product versions.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to inject and execute arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system with elevated privileges. A successful exploit could result in a complete system compromise.
The vulnerability is due to improper filtering of user-supplied parameters by the affected software.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by providing invalid parameters to certain CLI commands. An exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system with elevated privileges, which could result in a complete system compromise.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.
Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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