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Re: Warning: Cisco RW community backdoor.

  • From: Omachonu Ogali
  • Date: Tue Feb 27 00:08:56 2001

On Mon, Feb 26, 2001 at 11:06:42PM -0500, John Fraizer wrote:
> On 26 Feb 2001, Sean Donelan wrote:
> > 
> > It appears more than one vendor shared the same SNMP library (or
> > SNMP programmer).  Folks have sent me evidence at least two other
> > vendor's equipment has similar responses to the same SNMP community
> > string ILMI.
> > 
> > However, there are other non-related SNMP issues.  Many SNMP
> > implementations included the default community strings "public"
> > and "private".  If the operator doesn't change them, the defaults
> > may still work.  The other common SNMP implementation issue is if
> > no community string is specified, the SNMP agent accepts any
> > community string.
> > 
> > If you are checking your network, I'd suggest checking for all
> > three possibilities.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> IMHO, if no communities are supplied, the SNMP daemon should not respond
> at all.
> While I agree that "public" and "private" are "wellknowns," in most
> implementations, they at least show up in the code.  Cisco chose to hide
> this one where it would not show up in the code.  That IMHO is a very bad
> thing and does bad things to my confidence level in Cisco.

Please, stop the damn FUD, how do you know it wasn't accidentally left
in by a programmer doing debugging? I bet you assume all buffer overflows
are purposely put in also, eh? Sure. I expect it to cut back on your
confidence in Cisco IOS, but also, what's this noise about code? Do you 
happen to have a hold on IOS source code or something that you personally

> ---
> John Fraizer
> EnterZone, Inc

Omachonu Ogali

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