Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance XML Parser DoS (cisco-sa-20160517-asa-xml)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 91946
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The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


The Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software running on the remote device is affected by a denial of service vulnerability in the XML parser feature due to improper hardening of the XML parser configuration. An authenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via a specially crafted XML file, to crash the XML parser process, causing the device to reload.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCut14209.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 91946

File Name: cisco-sa-20160517-asa-xml.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Family: CISCO

Published: 7/5/2016

Updated: 11/19/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-1385


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:cisco:adaptive_security_appliance_software

Required KB Items: Host/Cisco/ASA

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/17/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/17/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1385

BID: 90721

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-20160517-asa-xml