Cisco on Friday informed customers that it has patched a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized users to join password-protected Webex meetings. Cisco said the flaw had been exploited.
The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-3142 and classified as high severity, affected Cisco Webex Meetings Suite sites and Cisco Webex Meetings Online sites, releases earlier than 39.11.5 and 40.1.3. However, Cisco says the fixes apply only to the sites and users are not required to update their mobile or desktop Webex Meetings applications.
According to Cisco, the flaw allowed an unauthenticated attacker to join password-protected meetings without the need to provide a password. For the authentication bypass to work, the attacker would need to initiate the connection from the iOS or Android versions of the Webex mobile app.
“The vulnerability is due to unintended meeting information exposure in a specific meeting join flow for mobile applications. An unauthorized attendee could exploit this vulnerability by accessing a known meeting ID or meeting URL from the mobile device’s web browser. The browser will then request to launch the device’s Webex mobile application,” Cisco said in its advisory.
The networking giant has pointed out that while an attacker would have been able to join a password-protected meeting, they would have been seen by the other attendees.
The vulnerability was discovered during the resolution of a support case and Cisco believes it has not been publicly disclosed. However, the advisory says, “Cisco PSIRT is aware of active use of the vulnerability that is described in this advisory.”
Cisco told SecurityWeek that some of its customers had used the vulnerability to access their own meetings, and the company is also aware of “exploitation of the vulnerability by unauthenticated attendees using the mobile app to gain unauthorized access to Webex’s audio capability.”
“Cisco has applied updates to address the vulnerability so further exploitation is not possible,” a Cisco spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “Transparency at Cisco is a matter of top priority. When security issues arise, we handle them openly and swiftly, so our customers understand the issue and how to address it.”