Date: 24 February 2016
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Software Default
24 February 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco Nexus 2000 Series
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
Impact/Access: Root Compromise -- Console/Physical
CVE Names: CVE-2016-1341
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Cisco Security Advisory
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Software Default Credential
2016 February 23 00:00 GMT
Base - 6.9
No workarounds available
Cisco Bug IDs:
A vulnerability in the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender could allow
an unauthenticated, local attacker to log in to the system shell with root
The vulnerability is due to a missing password for the root user account on
the affected system. This account is created at installation and cannot be
changed or deleted without impacting the functionality of the system. An
attacker could exploit this vulnerability by physically connecting to the
affected system. An exploit could allow the attacker to access the system
with root user privileges.
Cisco has not released software updates that address this vulnerability.
Workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability are not available.
This advisory is available at the following link:
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders are vulnerable.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this vulnerability.
Workarounds are not available.
When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to consult the
Cisco Security Advisories and Responses archive at
http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt and review subsequent advisories to determine
exposure and a complete upgrade solution.
In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to upgrade contain
sufficient memory and confirm that current hardware and software
configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release.
If the information is not clear, customers are advised to contact the Cisco
Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or their contracted maintenance
Exploitation and Public Announcements
The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is not aware of
any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability that is
described in this advisory.
Version Description Section Status Date
1.0 Initial public release Final 2016-February-23
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