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New PoC Exploit Unleashed for Cisco IMC Vulnerability

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TLDR:

  • A PoC exploit has been released for a critical vulnerability in Cisco’s Integrated Management Controller (IMC) identified as CVE-2024-20356.
  • The exploit allows for command injection and could enable attackers to gain root access to affected systems.

A Proof of Concept (PoC) exploit has been released for a critical vulnerability in Cisco’s Integrated Management Controller (IMC), allowing attackers to gain root access to affected systems. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2024-20356, resides in the web-based management interface of the IMC, and could be exploited by authenticated remote attackers with administrative privileges. The exploit, named “CISCown,” manipulates the vulnerability to escalate privileges and deploy a telnetd root shell service on compromised devices. Cisco has responded by releasing software updates to address the flaw, urging affected organizations to apply the updates immediately to secure their systems.

The vulnerability in the Cisco IMC interface poses a significant threat to organizations using affected Cisco products, potentially leading to data theft, system downtime, and further network compromise. The release of the PoC exploit underscores the ongoing challenges in securing complex network environments, highlighting the importance of proactive mitigation strategies. Users and administrators are advised to stay informed by visiting Cisco’s official security advisory page and the Nettitude GitHub repository hosting the exploitation toolkit for more detailed information and access to the updates.


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