Attacker Value
Unknown
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Exploitability
Unknown
(0 users assessed)
User Interaction
None
Privileges Required
None
Attack Vector
Physical
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CVE-2021-1453

Disclosure Date: March 24, 2021
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Description

A vulnerability in the software image verification functionality of Cisco IOS XE Software for the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Family of switches could allow an unauthenticated, physical attacker to execute unsigned code at system boot time. The vulnerability is due to an improper check in the code function that manages the verification of the digital signatures of system image files during the initial boot process. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by loading unsigned software on an affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to boot a malicious software image or execute unsigned code and bypass the image verification check part of the secure boot process of an affected device. To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker would need to have unauthenticated physical access to the device or obtain privileged access to the root shell on the device.

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CVSS V3 Severity and Metrics
Base Score:
6.8 Medium
Impact Score:
5.9
Exploitability Score:
0.9
Vector:
CVSS:3.1/AV:P/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Attack Vector (AV):
Physical
Attack Complexity (AC):
Low
Privileges Required (PR):
None
User Interaction (UI):
None
Scope (S):
Unchanged
Confidentiality (C):
High
Integrity (I):
High
Availability (A):
High

General Information

Vendors

  • Cisco

Products

  • Cisco IOS XE Software

Additional Info

Technical Analysis