PT-2018-28: Arbitrary Command Execution in Cisco Secure ACS
Version: 188.8.131.52.8 and earlier
Severity level: High
Impact: Remote command execution
Access Vector: Remote
Base Score: 9.8
The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an Arbitrary Command Execution vulnerability in Cisco Secure ACS.
A vulnerability in Cisco Secure Access Control System (ACS), due to insecure Java deserialization of user-supplied content, allows an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands on an affected device with root privileges by sending a crafted serialized Java object.
How to fix
Use vendor's advisory:
01.06.2017 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
07.03.2018 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
11.12.2018 - Public disclosure
The vulnerability was detected by Mikhail Klyuchnikov, Yury Aleynov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)
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