Cisco Patches Critical Vulnerability in Data Center Switches


Cisco has released patches for tens of vulnerabilities in its products, including a Critical flaw impacting Nexus 9000 switches.

Tracked as CVE-2019-1804 and featuring a CVSS score of 9.8, the issue was found in the SSH key management for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Application Centric Infrastructure Mode Switch Software.

The presence of a default SSH key pair in all devices could be exploited by an attacker by opening an SSH connection via IPv6 to a targeted device. The attacker would have access to the system with the privileges of the root user.

CVE-2019-1804 affects Cisco 9000 Series network switchesOnly Nexus 9000 Series Fabric Switches in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode running a Cisco NX-OS Software release prior to 14.1(1i) are vulnerable, the company says

Cisco released a software update to address the issue and says that it is not aware of a workaround to mitigate the vulnerability. The company also says it is not aware of public exploitation of the vulnerability.

This week, Cisco also released patches for over 20 High severity vulnerabilities impacting the Web Security Appliance (WSA), Umbrella Dashboard, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) software, RV320 and RV325 routers, IP Phone 7800 and 8800 Series, Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) software, and the Nexus 9000 switches. 

Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow attackers to escalate privileges, cause denial of service on the affected devices, hijack sessions, maintain access to a dashboard, bypass certificate authentication, establish a VPN session, or discover the private keys of an affected device. 

Additionally, over a dozen Medium risk flaws addressed this week could be exploited for cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks, command injection, directory traversal, filtering functionality bypass, denial of service, or to access sensitive information. 

Additional information on these vulnerabilities and on the patches Cisco has released for them can be found on the company’s support website. 

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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