Cisco fixes 6-month-old AnyConnect VPN zero-day with exploit code

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Cisco fixes 6-month-old AnyConnect VPN zero-day with exploit code

Cisco has fixed a six-month-old zero-day vulnerability found in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software, with publicly available proof-of-concept exploit code.

The company’s AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client allows working on corporate devices connected to a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and IPsec IKEv2 using VPN clients available for all major desktop and mobile platforms.

Cisco disclosed the zero-day bug tracked as CVE-2020-3556 in November 2020 without releasing security updates but provided mitigation measures to decrease the attack surface.

While the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) said that CVE-2020-355 proof-of-concept exploit code is available, it also added that there is no evidence of attackers exploiting it in the wild.

The vulnerability is now addressed n Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Software releases 4.10.00093 and later.

These new versions also introduce new settings to help individually allow/disallow scripts, help, resources, or localization updates in the local policy, settings that are strongly recommended for increased protection.

Default configurations not vulnerable to attacks

This high severity vulnerability was found in Cisco AnyConnect Client’s interprocess communication (IPC) channel, and it may allow authenticated and local attackers to execute malicious scripts via a targeted user.

CVE-2020-3556 affects all Windows, Linux, and macOS client versions with vulnerable configurations; however, mobile iOS and Android clients are not impacted.

“A vulnerable configuration requires both the Auto Update setting and Enable Scripting setting to be enabled,” Cisco explains in the security advisory. “Auto Update is enabled by default, and Enable Scripting is disabled by default.”

As further disclosed by the company, successful exploitation also requires active AnyConnect sessions and valid credentials on the targeted device.

Cisco added that the vulnerability:

  • Is not exploitable on laptops used by a single user, but instead requires valid logins for multiple users on the end-user device.
  • Is not remotely exploitable, as it requires local credentials on the end-user…

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