Hot Take: Cisco’s Hide-and-Seek with Vulnerabilities

CISA urges organizations to update their Cisco’s IOS XE Software Web UI post haste, following the discovery of two vulnerabilities. Cisco has patched them, but be warned, the game’s not over yet.

Hot Take:

Well, well, well, looks like our dear friend Cisco was playing hide-and-seek with two mischievous vulnerabilities in its IOS XE Software Web UI. But fret not, for they’ve been found and shown the exit door. Not so fast, though! We’re not completely out of the woods yet. Our ever-watchful guardian, CISA, is now urging organizations to slap on those updates faster than you can say ‘CVE-2023-20198 and CVE-2023-20273’ (which, let’s be honest, is not that fast, but you get the point).

Key Points:

  • CISA has updated its guidance on addressing two vulnerabilities in Cisco’s IOS XE Software Web UI.
  • The vulnerabilities in question are CVE-2023-20198 and CVE-2023-20273.
  • Cisco has patched up these vulnerabilities in the 17.3 Cisco IOS XE software release train with version 17.3.8a.
  • CISA is now urging organizations to apply these crucial updates immediately.
  • Organizations are encouraged to review the updated guidance to ensure a secure environment.

The Back Channel:

Hide and Seek Champions

So, apparently, Cisco's IOS XE Software Web UI was playing host to two sneaky vulnerabilities, masquerading under the monikers CVE-2023-20198 and CVE-2023-20273. These unwanted guests were having a grand ol' time until CISA stepped in to spoil the party.

The Fix is In

But wait! Before you start hyperventilating into a brown paper bag, know this: Cisco has already fixed these vulnerabilities. Yes, the 17.3 release train of the Cisco IOS XE software is now rolling out with the updates, proudly sporting its new version number, 17.3.8a. Updates for the win!

A Call to Arms

Now comes the important part. CISA is not just gently suggesting, but actively urging organizations to apply these updates. Like, yesterday! So, if you're an organization that uses Cisco's IOS XE Software Web UI, consider this your wake-up call. Don your update cap, and get to it!

Knowledge is Power

Finally, it's not enough to just apply the updates and call it a day. CISA is also recommending that organizations review the updated guidance. After all, what's the point of a security update if you don't know what it's securing you from? So, hit the books (or in this case, the guidance documents), folks!

Tags: cisa, Cisco, IOS XE, Network Security, Software Update, vulnerabilities, Web User Interface