Execution with unnecessary privileges in Cisco IOS XE Software

Published: 2022-04-14
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2022-20676
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Cisco IOS XE
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Cisco Systems, Inc

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Execution with unnecessary privileges

EUVDB-ID: #VU62325

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:H/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-20676

CWE-ID: CWE-250 - Execution with Unnecessary Privileges

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to insufficient input validation of data that is passed into the Tcl interpreter. A local user with privilege level 15 can load malicious Tcl code and execute arbitrary commands as root.


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Vulnerable software versions

Cisco IOS XE: All versions

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.