SRC-2020-0009 : Cisco Data Center Network Manager SystemFileDAO saveData Directory Traversal Remote Code Execution Vulnerability



CVSS Score:

7.2, (AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Vendors:


Affected Products:

Data Center Network Manager

Vulnerability Details:

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected installations of Cisco Data Center Network Manager. Although authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability, the existing authentication mechanism can be bypassed.

The specific flaw exists within the processing of requests to the saveSystemData endpoint of the SystemFileDAO Data Access Object. When parsing the path parameter in the saveFile method, the process does not properly validate a user-supplied path prior to using it in file operations. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code in the context of root

Vendor Response:

Cisco has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline:

  • 2019-11-20 – Verified and sent to Cisco PSIRT
  • 2020-01-03 – Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by Steven Seeley (mr_me) of Source Incite