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Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command ('OS Command Injection')


Severity High
Score 9/10


A vulnerability in the CronJob scheduler API of Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to perform a command injection attack. The vulnerability is due to incorrect input validation of user-supplied data. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malicious packet. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges. Cisco Bug IDs: CSCvi42263.

  • LOW

CWE-78 - OS Command Injection

The OS command injection weakness (also known as shell injection) is a vulnerability which enables an attacker to run arbitrary OS commands on a server. This is done by modifying the intended downstream OS command and injecting arbitrary commands, enabling the execution of unauthorized OS commands. This has the potential to fully compromise the application along with all of its data, and, if the compromised process does not follow the principle of least privileges, it may compromise other parts of the hosting infrastructure as well. This weakness is listed as number ten in the 'CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses'.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published