Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches contain a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in the license installation module of the Cisco Nexus 1000V could allow an authenticated, local attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands.
The vulnerability is due to a failure of the install all iso command to properly validate user-supplied input. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by providing crafted arguments to the install all iso command.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.
At the time this alert was first published, the following releases of Cisco products running on Cisco NX-OS Software were vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco products may also be affected.
Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for VMware vSphere versions 4.2(1)SV1(5.2b) and prior
Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V version 5.2(1)SM1(5.1)
Cisco Virtual Security Gateway for Nexus 1000V Series Switches 4.2(1)(VSG1(1)
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need local access to the targeted device, which decreases 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-2013-5556
Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCui21340 for a complete list of affected product versions.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary shell commands, which could lead to a complete system compromise of an affected device.
The vulnerability is due to insufficient validation of user-supplied input by the install all iso command used on Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by providing crafted arguments to the install all iso command on an affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands, 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 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.
Cisco Virtual Security Gateway for Nexus 1000V Series Switches
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