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Cisco vulnerabilities?

On Thu, 26 Aug 93 21:17:16 -0600,
 L. Detweiler <uunet!longs.lance.colostate.edu!ld231782> wrote -
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> Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1993 12:56:54 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Al Whaley <[email protected]>
> Subject: Cisco routers
> Rumors abound that Cisco routers have a back door; that is when
> a TCP port is disabled, it can still be accessed from Cisco's
> IP number.
> I have personally verified this with the sendmail port.
> Al Whaley        [email protected]       +1-415 322-5411(Tel), -6481 
> Sunnyside Computing, Inc., PO Box 60, Palo Alto, CA 94302
 Sure, they have a backdoor -- it's called unsecured ports and
 lackidaisical security.
 Cisco routers don't really have "TCP" ports, per se. They have
 ethernet ports, or token ring ports, v.35 serial ports, and
 dial-up rs-232 for fail-safe configuration when some idiot drops
 your feed at the local rboc and you need to "look into" your net.
 If the "entrance" passwords are enabled properly, then I feel quite
 sure that this threat is minimal. However, I have learned recently
 that some facets of SNMP encapsulation can exploit _management_ but
 can not, however exploit the configuration of the router. It can add
 to the traffic overhead.
 Also, there is an additional "enable" password for configuration
 modification, such as changing IP addresses of the ethernet or serial
 interfaces (ports) and saving the configuration to NVRAM.
 I had a guy adamantly try to convince me the other day that the
 (Cisco) routers were in jeopardy because of the ability to TFTP
 a new (albeit, damaging) operating system directly into NVRAM
 (a sleight of hand), rendering the box useless. It can be done,
 in fact, Cisco would have to ship me a whole new box overnight
 if it happened, but if I mind my P's and Q's (read: adhere to
 proper security), he's pissin' in the wind.

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