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(Cisco Issues Fix for Cisco IronPort) FreeBSD Telnet Encryption Feature Buffer Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1026589|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1026589
(Links to External Site)
Date: Jan 26 2012
Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): (C-Series and X-Series) prior to 7.6.0; (M-Series) prior to 7.8.0|
A vulnerability was reported in FreeBSD Telnet. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system. Cisco IronPort is affected.|
If the telnetd(8) is enabled, a remote user can supply a specially crafted encryption key to trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the telnet daemon (typically root privileges).
A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.|
Cisco is developing a fix for Cisco IronPort, which is affected by this vulnerability.|
The fix will be included in C-Series and X-Series version 7.6.0 and M-Series versions 7.8.0 and 7.9.0.
Cisco has assigned IronPort bug 83262 to this vulnerability.
The Cisco advisory is available at:
This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.|
Source Message Contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:49:04 -0500|
Subject: [Full-disclosure] Cisco Security Advisory: Cisco IronPort Appliances Telnet Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
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Cisco Security Advisory: Cisco IronPort Appliances Telnet Remote Code
Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20120126-ironport
For Public Release 2012 January 26 17:00 UTC (GMT)
Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances (ESA) and Cisco IronPort
Security Management Appliances (SMA) contain a vulnerability that may
allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code
with elevated privileges.
Workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability are available.
This advisory is available at the following link:
The following Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances (ESA) and
Cisco IronPort Security Management Appliances (SMA) are affected by
* Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliance (C-Series and X-Series)
versions prior to 7.6.0
* Cisco IronPort Security Management Appliance (M-Series) versions
prior to 7.8.0
Note: Fixed software versions are not yet available. Please consult
the Obtaining Fixed Software section of this advisory for more
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
Cisco IronPort Web Security Appliances (S-Series) are not affected by
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this
The Cisco IronPort ESA provides email management and protection
combining antispam, antivirus, encryption, digital rights management,
and archiving technologies. The Cisco IronPort SMA is a flexible
management tool designed to centralize and consolidate policy and
runtime data, providing a single management interface for multiple
Cisco IronPort security appliances.
The Cisco IronPort ESA and the Cisco IronPort SMA run AsyncOS, a
modified version of the FreeBSD kernel.
These devices are affected by the FreeBSD telnetd remote code
execution vulnerability documented by Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures (CVE) identifier CVE-2011-4862. This vulnerability could
allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to run arbitrary code with
The vulnerability is documented in Cisco IronPort bug 83262.
Note: Cisco IronPort tracks bugs using an internal system that is not
available to customers. The Cisco IronPort bug tracking identifiers
are provided for reference only.
Vulnerability Scoring Details
Cisco has scored the vulnerability in this advisory based on the
Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). The CVSS scoring in this
security advisory is in accordance with CVSS version 2.0.
CVSS is a standards-based scoring method that conveys vulnerability
severity and helps organizations determine the urgency and priority
of a response.
Cisco has provided a base and temporal score. Customers can also
compute environmental scores that help determine the impact of the
vulnerability in their own networks.
Cisco has provided additional information regarding CVSS at the
Cisco has also provided a CVSS calculator to compute the
environmental impact for individual networks at the following link:
* CVE-2011-4862/Ironport #83262 ("Telnetd encrypt_keyid vulnerability")
CVSS Base Score - 10.0
Access Vector - Network
Access Complexity - Low
Authentication - None
Confidentiality Impact - Complete
Integrity Impact - Complete
Availability Impact - Complete
CVSS Temporal Score - 9.0
Exploitability - Functional
Remediation Level - Workaround
Report Confidence - Confirmed
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote,
unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code with elevated
Software Versions and Fixes
Fixes for the vulnerability described in this advisory are not yet
available; however, there are configuration workarounds available
that may eliminate the risk for most customers. Please see the
Workarounds section of this advisory for information on the
mitigation of this vulnerability.
Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliance (C-Series and X-Series)
versions prior to 7.6.0 are affected. Version 7.6.0 will include
fixes for this issue when available.
Cisco IronPort Security Management Appliance (M-Series) versions
prior to 7.8.0 are affected. Versions 7.8.0 and 7.9.0 will include
fixes for this issue when available.
By default, Telnet is configured on the Management port. Telnet
services can be disabled to mitigate this vulnerability.
Administrators can disable Telnet by using the administration
graphical user interface (GUI) or by using the "interfaceconfig"
command in the command-line interface (CLI). As a security best
practice, customers should use Secure Shell (SSH) instead of Telnet.
Complete the following steps to disable Telnet via the GUI:
Step 1: Navigate to Network > IP Interfaces > interface_name.
Step 2: Remove the check from the box next to the Telnet service.
Step 3: Click on the Submit button to submit the change.
Step 4: Click the Commit Change button for these changes to take effect.
Use the "interfaceconfig" command, as shown in the example below to
disable Telnet via the CLI.
Currently configured interfaces:
1. Data 1 (192.168.1.1/24 on Data1: mail3.example.com)
2. Data 2 (192.168.2.1/24 on Data2: mail3.example.com)
3. Management (192.168.42.42/24 on Management: mail3.example.com)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new interface.
- EDIT - Modify an interface.
- GROUPS - Define interface groups.
- DELETE - Remove an interface.
Enter the number of the interface you wish to edit.
Do you want to enable Telnet on this interface? [N]> N
Do you want to enable SSH on this interface? [N]> Y
Note: The "interfaceconfig" command is described in detail in the
section "Other Tasks in the GUI" in the Cisco IronPort AsyncOS Daily
Management Guide available at the following link:
Obtaining Fixed Software
Cisco Ironport has not yet released software updates that address
this vulnerability. The affected products in this advisory are
directly supported by Cisco IronPort. Customers should contact Cisco
IronPort technical support at the link below to obtain software
fixes. Cisco IronPort technical support can assist customers in
determining the correct fixes and installation procedures. Customers
should direct all warranty questions to Cisco IronPort technical
Note: Do not contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for
Customers with Service Contracts
Customers with contracts should obtain upgraded software through their
regular update channels. For most customers, upgrades should be obtained
through the Software Center on Cisco.com at http://www.cisco.com.
Customers Using Third-Party Support Organizations
Customers with Cisco products that are provided or maintained through
prior or existing agreements with third-party support organizations,
such as Cisco Partners, authorized resellers, or service providers,
should contact that organization for assistance with the appropriate
course of action.
The effectiveness of any workaround or fix depends on specific
customer situations, such as product mix, network topology, traffic
behavior, and organizational mission. Because of the variety of
affected products and releases, customers should consult their
service providers or support organizations to ensure that any applied
workaround or fix is the most appropriate in the intended network
before it is deployed.
Customers Without Service Contracts
Customers who purchase directly from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco
service contract and customers who make purchases through third-party
vendors but are unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through
their point of sale should obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco
Technical Assistance Center (TAC):
* +1 800 553 2447 (toll free from within North America)
* +1 408 526 7209 (toll call from anywhere in the world)
* e-mail: email@example.com
Customers should have the product serial number available and be
prepared to provide the URL of this advisory as evidence of
entitlement to a free upgrade. Customers without service contracts
should request free upgrades through the TAC.
Refer to Cisco Worldwide Contacts at
for additional TAC contact information, including localized telephone
numbers, instructions, and e-mail addresses for support in various
Exploitation and Public Announcements
The vulnerability in the telnetd service that affects these Cisco
IronPort appliances was publicly disclosed by the FreeBSD Project on
December 23rd, 2011. The FreeBSD Project advisory is available at:
The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is aware of
exploit modules for the Metasploit Framework that can exploit this
vulnerability on affected Cisco IronPort appliances.
Status of This Notice: Interim
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| Revision 1.0 | 2012-January-26 | Initial public release. |
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