VDB-90942 · CVE-2016-6369 · BID 92625

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.2/4.3 on Windows INF File access control

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A vulnerability was found in Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.2/4.3 on Windows (Network Encryption Software). It has been classified as critical. Affected is an unknown code block of the component INF File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client before 4.2.05015 and 4.3.x before 4.3.02039 mishandles pathnames, which allows local users to gain privileges via a crafted INF file, aka Bug ID CSCuz92464.

The weakness was disclosed 08/24/2016 by Felix as cisco-sa-20160824-anyconnect / CSCuz92464 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is available at tools.cisco.com. The public release has been coordinated in cooperation with the vendor. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2016-6369 since 07/26/2016. The exploitability is told to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. The requirement for exploitation is a authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project. The advisory points out:

A vulnerability in Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Windows could allow an authenticated, local attacker to install and execute an arbitrary executable file with privileges equivalent to the Microsoft Windows operating system SYSTEM account.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 93382 (Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.2.x < 4.2.5015.0 / 4.3.x < 4.3.2039.0 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows and running in the context l. The advisory illustrates:

The vulnerability is due to incomplete input validation of path names and filenames of the file to be installed. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a modified INF file. An exploit could allow the attacker to execute commands on the underlying Microsoft Windows host with privileges equivalent to the SYSTEM account.

Upgrading to version 4.2.05015 or 4.3.02039 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (93382).








  • end of life (old version)

CPE 2.3info

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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

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Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 93382
Nessus Name: Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.2.x < 4.2.5015.0 / 4.3.x < 4.3.2039.0 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
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Upgrade: AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 4.2.05015/4.3.02039


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Vendor: cisco.com

Advisory: cisco-sa-20160824-anyconnect / CSCuz92464
Researcher: Felix
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-6369 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1036697
SecurityFocus: 92625 - Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client CVE-2016-6369 Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability


Created: 08/25/2016 03:23 PM
Updated: 09/14/2022 10:17 AM
Changes: 08/25/2016 03:23 PM (68), 04/03/2019 10:59 AM (12), 09/14/2022 10:17 AM (3)
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