Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager PrivEsc (cisco-sa-esa-sma-privesc-9DVkFpJ8)

high Nessus Plugin ID 171790


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


According to its self-reported version, Cisco Secure Email and Web Manager is affected by a vulnerability in the web UI and CLI of Cisco ESA could allow an authenticated, remote attacker (web UI) or authenticated, local attacker (CLI) to elevate privileges to root. The attacker must have valid user credentials with Operator-level privileges or higher. This vulnerability is due to the improper validation of an uploaded Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) configuration file. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by authenticating to the affected device and uploading a specially crafted SNMP configuration file. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute commands as root. Please see the included Cisco BIDs and Cisco Security Advisory for more information.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCwd29905

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 171790

File Name: cisco-sa-sma-privesc-9DVkFpJ8.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: combined

Family: CISCO

Published: 2/22/2023

Updated: 3/13/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.3

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-20009


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:cisco:secure_email_and_web_manager, cpe:/h:cisco:content_security_management_appliance, cpe:/a:cisco:content_security_management_appliance

Required KB Items: Host/AsyncOS/Cisco Content Security Management Appliance/DisplayVersion, Host/AsyncOS/Cisco Content Security Management Appliance/Version

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/15/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/15/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-20009

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-esa-sma-privesc-9DVkFpJ8

IAVA: 2023-A-0107