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Cisco Email Security Appliance Malformed MIME Header Vulnerability

Information

Severity

Severity

Medium

Family

Family

CISCO

CVSSv2 Base

CVSSv2 Base

5.0

CVSSv2 Vector

CVSSv2 Vector

AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

Solution Type

Solution Type

Vendor Patch

Created

Created

5 years ago

Modified

Modified

3 years ago

Summary

A vulnerability in the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) scanner of Cisco AsyncOS Software for Cisco Email Security Appliances (ESA) and Web Security Appliances (WSA) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass configured user filters on the device. The vulnerability is due to improper error handling of a malformed MIME header in an email attachment. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending an email with a crafted MIME attachment. For example, a successful exploit could allow the attacker to bypass configured user filters to prevent executable files from being opened. The malformed MIME headers may not be RFC compliant but some mail clients could still allow users to access the attachment, which may not have been properly filtered by the device. Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. Workarounds that address this vulnerability are not available.

Detection Method

Detection Method

Checks if a vulnerable version is present on the target host.

Solution

Solution

See the referenced vendor advisory for a solution.

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