Cisco IOS XE Software Privilege Escalation (cisco-sa-iosxe-priv-esc-sABD8hcU)

high Nessus Plugin ID 173250


The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch


According to its self-reported version, Cisco IOS-XE Software is affected by a vulnerability.

- A vulnerability in the Meraki onboarding feature of Cisco IOS XE Software could allow an authenticated, local attacker to gain root level privileges on an affected device. This vulnerability is due to insufficient memory protection in the Meraki onboarding feature of an affected device. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by modifying the Meraki registration parameters. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to elevate privileges to root. (CVE-2023-20029)

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


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCwb51779

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 173250

File Name: cisco-sa-iosxe-priv-esc-sABD8hcU-iosxe.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: combined

Family: CISCO

Published: 3/22/2023

Updated: 4/6/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-20029


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/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: 3/22/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/22/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-20029

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-iosxe-priv-esc-sABD8hcU

IAVA: 2023-A-0157