Insufficient verification of ASDM images in Cisco ASA

Published: 2022-06-22 | Updated: 2022-08-11
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2022-20829
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
Hardware solutions / Security hardware applicances

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM)
Client/Desktop applications / Software for system administration

Vendor Cisco Systems, Inc

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Insufficient verification of data authenticity

EUVDB-ID: #VU64596

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 8.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2022-20829

CWE-ID: CWE-345 - Insufficient Verification of Data Authenticity

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a remote user compromise the affected system.

The vulnerability exists due to insufficient verification of Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) images deployed to Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software. A remote privileged user can upload a malicious ASDM image to a device that is running Cisco ASA Software and compromise the system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA): 9.0 - 9.18.1

Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM): 7.15.1 - 7.18

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote authenticated privileged user via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.