Cisco NX-OS Software SSH Key Information Disclosure Vulnerability



A vulnerability in the SSH CLI key management functionality of Cisco NX-OS Software could allow an authenticated, local attacker to expose a user’s private SSH key to all authenticated users on the targeted device. The attacker must authenticate with valid administrator device credentials.

The vulnerability is due to incomplete error handling if a specific error type occurs during the SSH key export. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by authenticating to the device and entering a crafted command at the CLI. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to expose a user’s private SSH key. In addition, a similar type of error in the SSH key import could cause the passphrase-protected private SSH key to be imported unintentionally.

Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link:
https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20190515-nxos-ssh-info

Security Impact Rating: Medium

CVE: CVE-2019-1731

Source:: Cisco Security Advisories