Cisco SocialMiner contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain access to sensitive information. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in some of the gadgets of Cisco SocialMiner could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to collect sensitive information.
The vulnerability is due to sensitive information being transmitted within a gadget's GET request. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by capturing the GET request of a SocialMiner gadget. An exploit could allow the attacker to collect sensitive information of the user authenticated to the affected system.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco SocialMiner version 9.0(1) is vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco SocialMiner may also be vulnerable.
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must be in the position to capture a GET request of a SocialMiner agent. Typically, these systems would reside on trusted, internal networks, in which an attacker would likely need access. This access requirement decreases the likelihood of a successful exploit.
Cisco has released a security notice at the following link: CVE-2013-5489
Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCuh74125 for the most complete list of affected product versions.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain access to sensitive information of a targeted user on an affected system. Successful exploitation could be used to conduct further attacks.
The vulnerability is due to insufficient security restrictions imposed by the affected software while transmitting sensitive information in a gadget's GET request.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by capturing the GET request of a SocialMiner gadget. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to collect sensitive information of the user authenticated to the affected system.
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.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
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