Cisco Releases Patch for SD-WAN vManage Unauthenticated REST API Access Vulnerability (CVE-2023-20214)

The Cisco TAC support team has discovered a critical vulnerability in the request authentication validation for the REST API of Cisco SD-WAN vManage software. CVE-2023-20214 allows an unauthenticated attacker to retrieve information and send data to the configuration of the affected Cisco vManage instance.

The Cisco SD-WAN Solution provides an advanced, software-based solution that lowers the cost of maintaining enterprise networks. The software offers easy-to-use tools to streamline the provisioning and management of large and complex networks dispersed across numerous locations and geographies. Cisco SD-WAN comprises four components: Cisco vManage, Cisco vSmart Controller, Cisco vBond Orchestrator, Cisco IOS XE SD-WAN, and Cisco vEdge Devices.

Vulnerability Details

The vulnerability arises from insufficient request validation when using the REST API feature. By sending a specially crafted API request to an affected vManage instance, an attacker could gain read or limited write permissions to the configuration of an affected Cisco SD-WAN vManage instance.

Cisco SD-WAN vManage REST API is used for:

  • Monitoring device status
  • Configuring a device, such as attaching a template to a device
  • Querying and aggregating device statistics

The attempts to access the REST API can be identified by examining the log file located at the following path in the vManage filesystem: /var/log/nms/vmanage-server.log. Administrators can use the CLI command show log to view the content of the vmanage-server.log file.

The advisory mentions that the vulnerability only affects the REST API and does not affect the web-based management interface or the CLI. The following versions are unaffected by the vulnerability:

  • IOS XE
  • SD-WAN cEdge Routers
  • SD-WAN vEdge Routers
  • SD-WAN vEdge Cloud Routers
  • SD-WAN vSmart Controller Software
  • SD-WAN vBond Orchestrator Software

Affected Versions

  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.6.4 prior to
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.6.5 prior to
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.7
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.8
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.9 prior to
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.10 prior to
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage 20.11 prior to


Customers must upgrade to the following patched versions:

  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage
  • Cisco SD-WAN vManage

Customers can refer to the Cisco Security Advisory (cisco-sa-vmanage-unauthapi-sphCLYPA) for information about the vulnerability.

Qualys Detection

Qualys customers can scan their devices with QID 317336 to detect vulnerable assets.

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