Cisco ASA Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (cisco-sa-20181219-asa-privesc)

high Nessus Plugin ID 119844


The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


According to its self-reported version the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software running on the remote device is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability in web management interface due to improper validation of user privileges. An authenticated, remote attacker can exploit, by sending specific HTTP requests via HTTPS, to gain elevated privileges. Please see the included Cisco BIDs and Cisco Security Advisories for more information.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco security advisory cisco-sa-20181219-asa-privesc.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 119844

File Name: cisco-sa-20181219-asa-privesc.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Family: CISCO

Published: 12/21/2018

Updated: 5/26/2021

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.0


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 4.1

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-15465


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.1

Temporal Score: 7.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:cisco:adaptive_security_appliance_software

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport, Host/Cisco/ASA, Host/Cisco/ASA/model

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/19/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/19/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-15465

BID: 106256