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Cisco Patches Critical WebEx Vulnerabilities

Updates released by Cisco for components of its online meetings and video conferencing platform WebEx patch nearly a dozen vulnerabilities, including critical flaws that can be exploited for remote code execution.

A total of six vulnerabilities affecting the WebEx Network Recording Player for Advanced Recording Format (ARF) and WebEx Recording Format (WRF) files have been classified as critical.

The impacted player is used to play back recorded WebEx meetings and it can be installed automatically when a recording file hosted on a WebEx server is opened.

The security holes affecting the Network Recording Player can be exploited by a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service (DoS) condition in the software and possibly execute arbitrary code by getting the targeted user to open specially crafted ARF or WRF files. Cisco noted that the attacker can send the malicious files to victims via email or get them to open a web page hosting the files.

The vulnerabilities have been patched by Cisco in WebEx Business Suite meeting sites, WebEx Meetings sites, WebEx Meetings Server, and WebEx ARF and WRF Players. Cisco’s advisory provides detailed information on affected versions and the availability of fixes. The following CVE identifiers have been assigned: CVE-2017-12367, CVE-2017-12368, CVE-2017-12369, CVE-2017-12370, CVE-2017-12371 and CVE-2017-12372.

The flaws were reported to Cisco by Andrea Micalizzi (rgod) and Steven Seeley of Offensive Security via Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), Fortinet’s Kushal Arvind Shah, and Qihoo 360 researcher Yihan Lian. ZDI has yet to make the advisories for the flaws found by Seeley and Micalizzi public.

Cisco found no evidence that the vulnerabilities had been exploited in malicious attacks.

Lian also discovered a medium severity DoS vulnerability in the WebEx Network Recording Player. A remote attacker can cause the player to crash by getting the targeted user to open a malicious WRF file.

The networking giant published four other advisories detailing WebEx vulnerabilities on Wednesday. These weaknesses have also been rated “medium severity” and they include cross-site scripting (XSS) and URL redirection vulnerabilities in WebEx Meeting Center, an information disclosure bug in Event Center, and a flaw that can be exploited to modify the welcome message in Meeting Server.

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Eduard Kovacs is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.