Cisco Personal Assistant allows access to the configuration file

ciscopersonalassistant-config-file-access (14172) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Cisco Personal Assistant could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information. If the "Allow Only Cisco CallManager Users" option has been enabled and the Personal Assistant Corporate Directory settings are configured to use the same directory as Cisco CallManager, the password authentication to Cisco Personal Assistant is disabled. A remote attacker could then enter a valid user ID with any password to gain access to the user configuration file, which would allow the attacker to read, modify, and overwrite the configuration file.

Note: The "Allow Only Cisco CallManager Users" option is not checked by default.


Obtain Information


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • Cisco Systems Inc. Security Advisory, 2004 January 8 17:00 UTC (GMT): Cisco Personal Assistant User Password Bypass Vulnerability.
  • BID-9384: Cisco Personal Assistant Web Interface User Password Bypass Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0044: Cisco Personal Assistant 1.4(1) and 1.4(2) disables password authentication when Allow Only Cisco CallManager Users is enabled and the Corporate Directory settings refer to the directory service being used by Cisco CallManager, which allows remote attackers to gain access with a valid username.
  • OSVDB ID: 3430: Cisco Personal Assistant Password Authentication Bypass

Platforms Affected:

  • Cisco Personal Assistant 1.4(1)
  • Cisco Personal Assistant 1.4(2)


Jan 08, 2004

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