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Improper Restriction of XML External Entity Reference


Severity Low
Score 3.3/10


A vulnerability in the web-based user interface of the Cisco Secure Access Control Server prior to 5.8 patch 9 could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to gain read access to certain information in the affected system. The vulnerability is due to improper handling of XML External Entities (XXEs) when parsing an XML file. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing the administrator of an affected system to import a crafted XML file. Cisco Bug IDs: CSCve70616.

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CWE-611 - Improper Restriction of XML External Entity Reference

Listed 4th in the 'OWASP Top Ten', XML External Entities (XXE) vulnerability allows attackers to provide an XML input that contains an external entity. When the XML is parsed, it can cause data extraction and manipulation, execution of commands, denial-of-service attacks, and server-side request forgery.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published