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Cisco Working on Patch for Vulnerability Reported by NATO Pentester

Cisco is working on a patch for an XSS vulnerability found in Prime Collaboration Deployment by a pentester from NATO’s Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Cisco informed customers this week that it’s working on a patch for a vulnerability found in the company’s Prime Collaboration Deployment product by a member of NATO’s Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Prime Collaboration Deployment is a tool designed to assist in the management of Unified Communications (UC) applications.

The security hole, identified as CVE-2023-20060, is a cross-site scripting (XSS) issue affecting the product’s web-based management interface. 

“An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by persuading a user of the interface to click a crafted link. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary script code in the context of the affected interface or access sensitive, browser-based information,” Cisco explained in its advisory.

Cisco said there was no evidence of exploitation in the wild, but vulnerabilities found in the company’s products have been known to be targeted in attacks.

The company has not said when it expects a patch to become available and there are no workarounds to address the vulnerability. 

The networking giant has credited Pierre Vivegnis, who works as a penetration tester and security researcher at NATO, for reporting the vulnerability.

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It has become increasingly common for government agencies to responsibly disclose the vulnerabilities they find to vendors. The NSA has reported multiple vulnerabilities to Cisco in the past year, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was recently credited for finding flaws in industrial products

Of course, governments are also known to stockpile vulnerabilities and exploits for use in their cyber operations. 

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at 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.

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