Cisco IOS XE Software for ASR 900 Series Route Switch Processor 3 Arbitrary Code Execution (cisco-sa-iosxe-rsp3-rce-jVHg8Z7c)

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The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch


According to its self-reported version, IOS-XE for Cisco ASR 900 Series Aggregation Services Routers is affected by multiple vulnerabilities due to incorrect validations by boot scripts when specific ROM monitor (ROMMON) variables are set.

An authenticated, local attacker with high privileges to execute persistent code at bootup could exploit this by copying a specific file to the local file system of an affected device and defining specific ROMMON variables. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to run arbitrary code on the underlying operating system (OS) with root privileges. To exploit these vulnerabilities, an attacker would need to have access to the root shell on the device or have physical access to the device.

Please see the included Cisco BIDs and Cisco Security Advisory for more information.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug IDs CSCvr69196, CSCvs62410

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 141371

File Name: cisco-sa-iosxe-rsp3-rce-jVHg8Z7c-iosxe.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Family: CISCO

Published: 10/12/2020

Updated: 3/29/2021

Dependencies: cisco_ios_xe_version.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-3416

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

Vector: AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 6.7

Temporal Score: 5.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:cisco:ios_xe

Required KB Items: Host/Cisco/IOS-XE/Version, Host/Cisco/IOS-XE/Model

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/24/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/24/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-3416, CVE-2020-3513

CISCO-BUG-ID: CSCvr69196, CSCvs62410

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-iosxe-rsp3-rce-jVHg8Z7c

IAVA: 2020-A-0439

CWE: 749