I was concerned about this also. Based on the Cisco report (above "Conditions" on the bug page, it looks as though you have to have an existing account and have access to the device via ssh to do any harm. As long as you have your access accounts managed properly you should be fine. That said, ensure the accounts manager (ACS) does not have ssh enabled.
There are few interoperability issues between 2960x and other vendors.
In this article we will go over the steps on how to debug these issues.
Check the phy id from “show controllers ethernet-controller phy” output.
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