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RE: CS-Mars appliance
From: "Strand, John (Mission Systems)" <John.Strand () ngc com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 06:42:34 -0600



As it is with many Cisco management products I would not put this box on
the same network as user/standard network traffic or a DMZ.

Keep it on the network/security management VLAN then strictly control
and watch the traffic.

If I recall correctly, many of their management software products have
to reside on systems at a certain patch level, and no higher. So, while
the application may be OK from a vulnerability standpoint, the OS it is
running on is incredibly out of date because patching it would adversely
effect your support contract i.e. "Uninstall your patches, then call us
back. We only support this product running on Windows 2000 SP2."


john 

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Serafin [mailto:chris () chrisserafin com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 10:57 PM
To: Jon Hart
Cc: Mark Teicher; pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: CS-Mars appliance

This product of Cisco has had multiple vulnerabilities associated with
it. Including a new one today.

I found the following links:

http://www.frsirt.com/english/advisories/2006/2887

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_security_advisory09186a0080
5e3234.shtml

http://secunia.com/advisories/18424/

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/16211

http://www.google.com/search?hs=7GO&hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.m
ozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=cisco+mars+vulnerability&btnG=Search


Chris Serafin
IT Security / Cisco VoIP Engineer
chris () chrisserafin com







Jon Hart wrote:
On Thu, Jun 01, 2006 at 07:56:29AM -0400, Mark Teicher wrote:
  
Has anyone conducted a pen-test on a CS-Mars appliance ??  How about 
a Secure Internet Gateway from the other telecom vendor ??
    

Sorry I couldn't respond earlier, but I was actually working with 
Cisco on a CS-MARS issue.

The CS-MARS box is a modified version of RedHat, an old 2.4 kernel, 
and JBoss 3.2.7 application server.  Some measures are taken to secure

the underlying OS, like a firewall, etc.

See http://spoofed.org/files/CS-MARS_jboss-exploit and the two recent 
posts to Full-Disclosure regarding some new CS-MARS issues.

-jon

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