[SingCERT] Alert on Cisco Video Surveillance Manager Default Password Vulnerability CVE-2018-15427

Published on 24 Sep 2018

Updated on 01 Jun 2022


Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) is a software that allows operations managers and system integrators to build customised video surveillance networks.


Cisco has released a security patch to address a critical vulnerability found in its Cisco VSM software. This is an undocumented default system administrator account called “root”, which had an unremoved default password. A remote attacker could exploit this to gain unauthorised access into an affected system.


This critical vulnerability has been assigned as CVE-2018-15427 with a Common Vulnerability Score System (CVSS) severity base score of 9.8 out of 10.


Affected Software

This vulnerability affects Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) Software Releases 7.10, 7.11, and 7.11.1 if pre-installed by Cisco and running on the following Cisco-connected Safety and Security Unified Computing System (UCS) platforms:

  • CPS-UCSM4-1RU-K9
  • CPS-UCSM4-2RU-K9
  • KIN-UCSM5-1RU-K9
  • KIN-UCSM5-2RU-K9



A successful exploit allows a remote attacker unauthorised access into the affected system and permission to execute arbitrary commands such as “root” , which could result in a complete compromise of the system.



System administrators using the affected software versions should install the latest security updates available at https://software.cisco.com/download/home/282976740/type/281933881/release/7.11.1 immediately.