Cisco PIX 4.1.6/4.2.1 on Win NT Manager privileges management

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Cisco PIX 4.1.6/4.2.1 on Win NT (Firewall Software). This vulnerability affects some unknown functionality of the component Manager. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privileges management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-269. The software does not properly assign, modify, track, or check privileges for an actor, creating an unintended sphere of control for that actor. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality.

The bug was discovered 08/31/1998. The weakness was disclosed 08/31/1998 by Brett Oliphant as 20010913 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-1999-0158. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details are unknown but an exploit is available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1068.

After immediately, there has been an exploit disclosed. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 10819 (Cisco PIX Firewall Manager (PFM) on Windows Arbitrary File Access), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CGI abuses, running in the context remote and relying on port 8181.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.Proper firewalling of tcp/8080 is able to address this issue. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published 2 days after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Attack attempts may be identified with Snort ID 1858.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (1583), Vulnerability Center (SBV-2014) and Tenable (10819).






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Class: Privileges management
CWE: CWE-269 / CWE-266
ATT&CK: T1068

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 10819
Nessus Name: Cisco PIX Firewall Manager (PFM) on Windows Arbitrary File Access
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OpenVAS ID: 10819
OpenVAS Name: PIX Firewall Manager Directory Traversal
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Snort ID: 1858
Snort Message: SERVER-WEBAPP CISCO PIX Firewall Manager directory traversal attempt
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Suricata ID: 2101858
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Advisory: 20010913
Researcher: Brett Oliphant
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-1999-0158 (🔍)
X-Force: 1583
Vulnerability Center: 2014 - [cisco-sa-19980902-pix-mgr-file] Cisco PIX Firewall Manager on Windows NT Allows Access to Files, Medium
SecurityFocus: 691 - Cisco PIX Firewall Manager File Exposure
OSVDB: 685 - Cisco PIX Firewall Manager (PFM) on Windows Web Interface Traversal Arbitrary File Access

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Created: 06/19/2014 05:21 PM
Updated: 07/31/2019 03:24 PM
Changes: 06/19/2014 05:21 PM (90), 07/31/2019 03:24 PM (3)
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