Loophole exposes Cisco intrusion detection system


Loophole exposes Cisco intrusion detection system

Antony Savvas

A Cisco security flaw in its intrusion detection systems may allow attackers to access customer networks.

A secure socket layer certificate-checking flaw in two Cisco products could allow an attacker to spoof an IDS system and gain access to sensitive data. SSL certificates are used to authenticate Cisco devices and services as they interact with one another.

The problem affects two products: CiscoWorks Management Center for IDS Sensors (IDSMC) and Monitoring Center for Security (Secmon).

Cisco said a successful attacker “may be able to gather login credentials, submit false data to IDSMC and Secmon or filter legitimate data from IDSMC and Secmon, thus impacting the integrity of the device and the reporting capabilities of it”.

More information and a patch are available from Cisco here:



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