Cisco IOS XE Software IOx Application Hosting Environment Privilege Escalation (cisco-sa-iox-priv-escalate-Xg8zkyPk)

high Nessus Plugin ID 173805


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. The vulnerability lies in the Cisco IOx application hosting subsystem of Cisco IOS XE Software and could allow an authenticated, local attacker to elevate privileges to root on an affected device, due to insufficient restrictions on the hosted application. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by logging in to and then escaping the Cisco IOx application container. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the underlying operating system with root privileges.

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


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCwd25783

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 173805

File Name: cisco-sa-iox-priv-escalate-Xg8zkyPk-iosxe.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: combined

Family: CISCO

Published: 4/4/2023

Updated: 4/4/2023

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-2023-20065


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-2023-20065

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-iox-priv-escalate-Xg8zkyPk

IAVA: 2023-A-0157