Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS XE Software Web UI Feature

Cisco is providing an update for the ongoing investigation into observed exploitation of the web UI feature in IOS-XE. A fix has been identified and the build, test, and release process has been initiated. The first fixed software releases are estimated to post on Cisco Software Download Center on Sunday, 22 October 2023.

Our investigation has determined that the actors exploited two previously unknown issues.

The attacker first exploited CVE-2023-20198 to gain initial access and issued a privilege 15 command to create a local user and password combination. This allowed the user to log in with normal user access.

The attacker then exploited another component of the web UI feature, leveraging the new local user to elevate privilege to root and write the implant to the file system. Cisco has assigned CVE-2023-20273 to this issue.

CVE-2023-20198 has been assigned a CVSS Score of 10.0.
CVE-2023-20273 has been assigned a CVSS Score of 7.2.

Both of these CVEs are being tracked by CSCwh87343.

For steps to close the attack vector for these vulnerabilities, see the Recommendations section of this advisory.

Cisco will update the advisory as new releases post to Cisco Software Download Center.

This advisory is available at the following link:

Security Impact Rating: Critical

CVE: CVE-2023-20198,CVE-2023-20273

Source:: Cisco Security Advisories