Cisco ASA Web Interface Remote XML Command Injection (cisco-sa-20161116-asa)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 96047
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The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


According to its self-reported version and configuration, the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software running on the remote device is affected by an XML command injection vulnerability in the web-based management interface due to improper validation of user-supplied input. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via specially crafted XML input, to inject arbitrary XML commands, resulting in an impact to the integrity of the device.

Note that Cisco considers this vulnerability to be low/medium severity, and as a result the existing check information may not be complete from the vendor. For additional verification, please contact TAC Cisco support.


Upgrade to the relevant fixed version referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCva38556.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 96047

File Name: cisco-sa-20161116-asa.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Family: CISCO

Published: 12/21/2016

Updated: 11/13/2019

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl, os_fingerprint.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.9

Temporal Score: 5.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:cisco:adaptive_security_appliance_software:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: Host/Cisco/ASA

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/16/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/16/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-6461

BID: 94365


CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-20161116-asa

IAVB: 2016-B-0167