Beware: Cisco dials up warning on software vulnerability
- Cisco has found attempts to exploit a vulnerability in its IOS Software and IOS XE Software.
- The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-20109, has a CVSS score of 6.6 and is considered medium severity.
- All versions of the software with the GDOI or G-IKEv2 protocol enabled are impacted.
Dialling in on the Cisco Warning
Cisco, the network systems giant, felt quite haunted recently. Not by any spectral presence, but by the chilling attempt to exploit a security flaw in its IOS Software and IOS XE Software. This is like a ghost in the machine, except scarier because it’s not trapped in an 80s movie. In a way, it’s as if the ‘baddies’ have located the Cupertino-based company’s soft underbelly.
Understanding the CVE-nomenon
The glitch goes by the name CVE-2023-20109. Sounds sinister? Well, it should, considering it’s been stamped with a CVSS score of 6.6. That’s like the tech equivalent of Tooth Fairy assigning a 6.6 to your tooth health. Not terrible, but still worthy of alarm before your teeth start comparing themselves to Swiss cheese.
The Protocols are not ‘strong’ with this one
All versions of the software that are partying with the GDOI or G-IKEv2 protocol are at risk. It’s like throwing a party and realizing a rascally group decided to crash it. And nobody wants uninvited guests, especially when they might end up causing a ruckus in your software.
Cisco’s IOS Software and IOS XE Software are the showpeople of an attempted exploit dance due to a vulnerability. With a CVSS score of 6.6, tracked as CVE-2023-20109, sleep isn’t coming easy for the tech behemoth. This flaw throws a dampener on all versions that have the GDOI or G-IKEv2 protocol turned on, showing that even the giants need a night light sometimes.
All jokes aside, do keep abreast of the latest patches and updates available and strengthen your software. It’s like brushing and flossing your software’s teeth daily: Dealing with cavities is no fun.