Cisco ONS TCC, TCC+, and XTC database stores usernames and passwords in plain text

cisco-ons-plaintext-accounts (10506) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

Cisco ONS15454 optical transport hardware and Cisco ONS15327 edge optical transport hardware running Cisco ONS software stores usernames and passwords in plain text in the TCC, TCC+, or XTC interface's running image database. A remote or local attacker with access to the backup of the database could recover the usernames and passwords, including that of the administrator, and use them to gain control of the Cisco ONS platform.


Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

Refer to Cisco Security Advisory 2002 October 31 at 1600 UTC for workaround information or information on obtaining a software upgrade. See References.

References:

  • Cisco Systems Inc. Security Advisory, 2002 October 31 at 1600 UTC: Cisco ONS15454 and Cisco ONS15327 Vulnerabilities.
  • BID-6073: Cisco ONS15454/ONS15327 Optical Transport Platforms Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • BID-6078: Cisco ONS15454/ONS15327 Optical Transport Platforms Plaintext Credentials Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-1554: Cisco ONS15454 and ONS15327 running ONS before 3.4 stores usernames and passwords in cleartext in the image database for the TCC, TCC+ or XTC, which could allow attackers to gain privileges by obtaining the passwords from the image database or a backup.
  • OSVDB ID: 8924: Cisco ONS Image Database/Backup Password Disclosure

Platforms Affected:

  • Cisco ONS 15327 3.0
  • Cisco ONS 15327 3.1
  • Cisco ONS 15327 3.2
  • Cisco ONS 15327 3.3
  • Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Transport Platform 3.0
  • Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Transport Platform 3.1.0
  • Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Transport Platform 3.2.0
  • Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Transport Platform 3.3

Reported:

Oct 31, 2002

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