Cisco IOS XR IKEv1 Packet Handling Remote Information Disclosure (cisco-sa-20160916-ikev1) (BENIGNCERTAIN)

high Nessus Plugin ID 93738


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


According to its self-reported version and configuration, the Cisco IOS XR software running on the remote device is affected by an information disclosure vulnerability, known as BENIGNCERTAIN, in the Internet Key Exchange version 1 (IKEv1) subsystem due to improper handling of IKEv1 security negotiation requests. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this issue, via a specially crafted IKEv1 packet, to disclose memory contents, resulting in the disclosure of confidential information including credentials and configuration settings.

BENIGNCERTAIN is one of multiple Equation Group vulnerabilities and exploits disclosed on 2016/08/14 by a group known as the Shadow Brokers.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCvb29204.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 93738

File Name: cisco-sa-20160916-ikev1-iosxr.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: combined

Family: CISCO

Published: 9/27/2016

Updated: 4/8/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-6415


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:cisco:ios_xr

Required KB Items: Host/Cisco/IOS-XR/Version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/16/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/14/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-6415

BID: 93003


CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-20160916-ikev1