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Assurance Continuity - Cisco Catalyst 9300 and 9500 Series Switches

Date of Maintenance Completion:  2019.10.31

Product Type:    Network Switch
   Network Device

Conformance Claim:  Protection Profile Compliant

PP Identifier:    collaborative Protection Profile for Network Devices Version 2.0 + Errata 20180314
  Extended Package for MACsec Ethernet Encryption Version 1.2

Original Evaluated TOE:  2019.03.14 - Cisco Catalyst 9300 and 9500 Series Switches

CC Certificate [PDF] Validation Report [PDF] Assurance Activity [PDF]

Administrative Guide [PDF]

Please note:  The above files are for the Original Evaluated TOE.  Consequently, they do not refer to this maintained version, although they apply to the maintained version. 

Security Target [PDF] * Assurance Continuity Maintenance Report [PDF] Administrative Guide [PDF]

Please note:  This serves as an addendum to the VR for the Original Evaluated TOE. 

* This is the Security Target (ST) associated with this latest Maintenance Release.  To view previous STs for this TOE, click here.

Readers are reminded that the certification of this product (TOE) is the result of maintenance, rather than an actual re-evaluation of the product.  Maintenance only considers the affect of TOE changes on the assurance baseline (i.e. the original evaluated TOE); maintenance is not intended to provide assurance in regard to the resistance of the TOE to new vulnerabilities or attack methods discovered since the date of the initial certificate.  Such assurance can only be gained through re-evaluation. 

Using a security impact analysis of the changes made to the TOE, which was provided by the developer, the CCEVS has determined that the impact of changes on the TOE are considered minor and that independent evaluator analysis was not necessary.  A summary of the results can be found in the Maintenance Report, which is written in relation to the product's original validation report and Security Target.  Readers are therefore reminded to read the Security Target, Validation Report, and the Assurance Maintenance Report to fully understand the meaning of what a maintained certificate represents. 

Product Description

Software bug fixes resulted in what were considered to be “Minor Changes”. Such changes are described by the vendor as fixes that relate to the TOE Scope of Control in some way: “though may or may not relate directly to an SFR defined within the ST”.

Thirty two such changes were listed in the IAR along with given rationale. The rational for each was inspected and the overall Minor Change characterization was considered to be appropriate. None of the changes resulted in the introduction of new TOE capabilities, changes to the TOE boundary, or were numerous enough to have major impact.

There were no Major Changes.

In addition, there were no changes made in the processor used and the bug fixes to the OS version had no effect on cryptographic processing. Therefore, no modifications were required in any of the existing NIST certificates.

Regression Testing:

Although no changes were directly made to the security functionality, the IAR reported that “Each individual change was unit tested, and the IOS-XE 16.12 software image has had a limited amount of automated regression testing covering all major areas of baseline client functionality.”

Vulnerability Analysis:

The vendor conducted searches of public vulnerability sites and, using selected key words and product identifiers, located a group of published vulnerabilities.  All were reviewed and were either identified as having no impact on the TOE or were listed as having been addressed in the TOE version presented as part of this Assurance Maintenance Action.

Vendor Information

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cert Team
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