Cisco Secure Access Control System up to 5.1 access control

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A vulnerability classified as very critical was found in Cisco Secure Access Control System up to 5.1 (Network Management Software). This vulnerability affects an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-264. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The RMI interface in Cisco Secure Access Control System (ACS) 5.x before 5.5 does not properly enforce authentication and authorization requirements, which allows remote attackers to obtain administrative access via a request to this interface, aka Bug ID CSCud75187.

The weakness was presented 01/16/2014 with Cisco (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2014-0648 since 01/02/2014. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 01/31/2022). The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1068.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 71995 (Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Secure Access Control System (cisco-sa-20140115-csacs)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CISCO. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 42423 (Cisco Secure Access Control System Multiple Vulnerabilities (cisco-sa-20140115-csacs)).

Upgrading to version 5.2 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (90431), Vulnerability Center (SBV-43002) and Tenable (71995). See 66090 and 66089 for similar entries.






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.8
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

VulDB Base Score: 9.8
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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 71995
Nessus Name: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Secure Access Control System (cisco-sa-20140115-csacs)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Secure Access Control System 5.2


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Organization: Cisco
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CVE: CVE-2014-0648 (🔍)

X-Force: 90431
SecurityTracker: 1029634
Vulnerability Center: 43002 - [cisco-sa-20140115-csacs] Cisco Secure ACS RMI Remote Unauthenticated User Access Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 64962 - Cisco Secure Access Control System RMI Interface Unauthenticated Access Security Vulnerability
Secunia: 56213
OSVDB: 102117

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Created: 03/24/2015 03:54 PM
Updated: 01/31/2022 09:54 AM
Changes: 03/24/2015 03:54 PM (68), 05/19/2017 11:00 AM (7), 01/31/2022 09:52 AM (3), 01/31/2022 09:54 AM (1)
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