Date: January 16th, 2019

Version: 1.0

Revision Date Changes
1.0 January 16th, 2019 Initial Release

The CVE-IDs tracking this issue are CVE-2018-16873, CVE-2018-16874 and CVE-2018-16875


This advisory is to document the impact of CVE-2018-16873, CVE-2018-16874 and CVE-2018-16875 on EOS and CloudVision Portal. The listed CVEs track vulnerabilities identified in packages of the 'Go' programming language.

EOS features OpenConfig and the State Streaming agent 'TerminAttr' (EOS agent for streaming telemetry) are built using 'Go'.

CVE-2018-16873 (remote command execution during "go get -u") and CVE-2018-16874 (directory traversal in "go get") do not affect released versions of EOS, TerminAttr and CloudVision Portal.

CVE-2018-16875 specifically affects Go TLS servers accepting client certificates and TLS clients verifying certificates. The vulnerability could lead to a CPU denial of service attack in the certificate chain validation process. OpenConfig and TerminAttr gNMI servers running on EOS to enable state streaming are affected by CVE-2018-16875 only when configured to use client certificate authentication. The affected servers typically stream state information to telemetry collectors such as gRPC/gNMI telemetry collectors, Kafka and other collector infrastructures capable of ingesting streaming telemetry over gRPC/gNMI.

CloudVision Portal is not affected by CVE-2018-16875.

The following table shows affected EOS and TerminAttr versions

Bug IDs: 348164, 348165

Affected EOS versions:

EOS TerminAttr
EOS-4.21.3F 1.5.2-1
0.19.x and older versions

Affected Platforms

OpenConfig and TerminAttr are platform independent features. All platforms are affected.


This vulnerability can be exploited only if OpenConfig or TerminAttr features are configured to use client certificates for authentication on affected software versions. On EOS devices configured to use OpenConfig/TerminAttr with client certificate based authentication, the following configuration will be present in the running-configuration. The configs in bold highlight the use of certificate chains for authentication in the two features.

management api gnmi
   transport grpc default
      ssl profile 
    no shutdown
management security
   ssl profile 
      trust certificate 

daemon TerminAttr
   exec /usr/bin/TerminAttr -ingestgrpcurl= -taillogs -ingestauth=key, -certfile , -clientcafile 
   no shutdown


It is recommended to disable certificate based authentication for affected features - OpenConfig and TerminAttr, and configure password based authentication as an interim workaround. Disabling certificate based authentication automatically defaults to password based authentication and no further configuration is required. Certificate authentication can be disabled in the SSL profile using the following commands:

switch(config)#management security
switch(config-mgmt-security)# ssl profile test
switch(config-mgmt-sec-ssl-profile-test)#no trust certificate

daemon TerminAttr
   exec /usr/bin/TerminAttr -ingestgrpcurl= -taillogs -ingestauth=key,    
no shutdown


Bugs 348164 and 348165 track this vulnerability for OpenConfig and TerminAttr, respectively. The fix for this issue will be available in the following software versions:

  • For OpenConfig, the vulnerability will be addressed in EOS version 4.21.4F
  • For state streaming using TerminAttr, the fix will be available in version 1.5.3 and later releases

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