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Disclosure Date: May 06, 2020


(1 user assessed) Very High
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A vulnerability in the web services interface of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to conduct directory traversal attacks and obtain read and delete access to sensitive files on a targeted system. The vulnerability is due to a lack of proper input validation of the HTTP URL. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted HTTP request containing directory traversal character sequences. An exploit could allow the attacker to view or delete arbitrary files on the targeted system. When the device is reloaded after exploitation of this vulnerability, any files that were deleted are restored. The attacker can only view and delete files within the web services file system. This file system is enabled when the affected device is configured with either WebVPN or AnyConnect features. This vulnerability can not be used to obtain access to ASA or FTD system files or underlying operating system (OS) files. Reloading the affected device will restore all files within the web services file system.

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Technical Analysis

The devil (or, lack thereof) is in the details:

The attacker can view and delete files within the web services file system only. The web services file system is enabled for the WebVPN and AnyConnect >features outlined in the Vulnerable Products section of this advisory; therefore, this vulnerability does not apply to the ASA and FTD system files or underlying >operating system (OS) files. The Web Services files that the attacker can view may have information such as WebVPN configuration, bookmarks, web cookies, >partial web content, and HTTP URLs.

  • No RCE, but somewhat sensitive (and, definitely some org-internal) data is accessible.
  • Reboot fixes damage.
  • Temporary DoS (to the web services) is in play since this vector weirdly allows delete access.
  • The really important system files are not accessible
  • Fairly trivial for an attacker to gain access to file-system layout from images or previous vulnerabilities so any intelligent use of a working PoC (when one is out) won’t be super noisy but it should still be fairly easy for any capable org to monitor for abnormal HTTP interactions via device logs.

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