Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem Static Default Credential Vulnerability

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by | February 21, 2020

A vulnerability in the High Availability (HA) service of Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to access a sensitive part of the system with a high-privileged account.

The vulnerability is due to a system account that has a default and static password and is not under the control of the system administrator. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by using this default account to connect to the affected system. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to obtain read and write access to system data, including the configuration of an affected device. The attacker would gain access to a sensitive portion of the system, but the attacker would not have full administrative rights to control the device.

Cisco has released software updates that address the vulnerability described in this advisory. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link:

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products:

This vulnerability affects Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem releases earlier than 7-202001 if the High Availability (HA) feature is enabled. HA is not enabled by default.
Determine Whether High Availability Is Enabled

The HA feature must be enabled for Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem to be affected by the vulnerability described in this advisory. To determine whether the HA feature is configured on a device, administrators can log in to the administrative web interface and look for the presence of the High Availability Status widget in the main dashboard. If the widget exists, HA is enabled. Administrators can also SSH to the system, enter onprem-console at the prompt, and issue the ha_status command at the CLI.


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