Cisco ASA SSL VPN Backdoor PoC (CVE-2014-3393)
A coworker and I recently had the opportunity to work with a new vulnerability released at Ruxcon just earlier this month and while we didn’t get exactly what we wanted, it was quite interesting.

The conference presentation was titled “Breaking Bricks and Plumbing Pipes: Cisco ASA a Super Mario Adventure” and was EXTREMELY interesting. The researcher Alec Stuart-Muirk managed the “jailbreak” the ASA and from there do some cool things with it, including a code audit of the publicly facing SSL VPN interface.

One thing that come out during the code audit was that the authorization check on some of the administrative interface pages can be bypassed by setting the cookie value to any valid file on the file system. I’m not going to get into too much detail because the slides cover it well, but basically this allows you to make modifications to the SSL VPN page WITHOUT AUTHENTICATION. This vulnerability is CVE-2014-3393 and affected versions can be found at He also released a way to pull the version from a remote ASA – it’s as simple as hitting the following URL: https://<IP ADDRESS>/CSCOSSLC/config-auth

As a penetration tester this is very interesting because it allows us to backdoor the SSL VPN, and easily intercept plaintext credentials. Even those using 2 factor authentication wouldn’t be safe from such an attack as the attacker could immediately use the intercepted token to login.

We spotted the SSL VPN login page in the wild recently and decided to take a crack at this vulnerability. The first step was to get a test setup running – since none of us own an ASA we “acquired” a virtual one. There might be a VMWare image here with such a thing running a vulnerable version.

After that, we simply proxied and intercepted the target requests. Interestingly, we had to make some modifications to the PoC posted in the Ruxcon presentation to get it to work (remove the User-Agent header from the cedsave request), indicating minor version differences may require further testing to get running. After making the appropriate modifications to the target requests, as detailed in the Ruxcon presentation, we were successfully able to backdoor our SSL VPN without authentication! Really cool stuff!

For those who would like to try at home, I’ve uploaded a BURP state with the required requests in the “Repeater” tab to save you from typing them. This was tested on version ASA 9.2(1) and probably will require modification for other versions. Simply configure your ASA, point BURP at it, and give it a shot.

If anyone gets this working on other versions of ASA, I’d like to hear about the necessary modifications.

For those without a copy of BURP Pro, these are the requests you’ll need:

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