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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS Software Network Time Protocol Version 4 Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:18889
Version:1
First Published:2009 September 23 16:13 GMT
Last Published:2009 September 23 16:13 GMT
Port: 123
CVE:CVE-2009-2869
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:7.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:6.4
 
Version Summary:

Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition.? Updates are available.

 
 
Description

Cisco IOS Software contains an vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.?

The vulnerability exists in the Network Time Protocol (NTP)?component of the affected systems.? On systems that support NTP version 4, an unauthenticated, remote attacker could send a crafted NTP packet to the affected system.? This action could cause the system to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.? Repeated attacks could result in a persistent DoS condition.

Cisco has confirmed this vulnerability and released software updates.

 
Warning Indicators

Cisco has published a list of affected Cisco IOS Software releases in the security advisory.? The Vendor Announcements section of this alert contains a link to the advisory.

 
IntelliShield Analysis

Only systems that support NTP version 4 are affected.? More details on determining if a system is affected can be found in the vendor advisory.

Because the attack can be staged on a UDP port,?an attacker?could bypass IP-based ACLs by using a spoofed IP address.

The attack does not require any authentication, and devices that are configured with NTP peer authentication are still vulnerable.

Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that functional exploit code exists; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.
 
Vendor Announcements

Cisco has released a security advisory to address Cisco bug IDs CSCsu24505 and CSCsv75948 at the following link: cisco-sa-20090923-ntp

 
Impact

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the affected device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.

 
Technical Information

The vulnerability exists in the NTP component of the affected device.? When the device has enabled NTP version 4,?an unauthenticated, remote attacker could send a crafted NTP packet to UDP port 123.? When the affected device attempts to create a reply packet, the device could reload, resulting in a DoS condition.

 
Safeguards

Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators may consider disabling NTP.

Administrators may consider using only broadcast-based association on affected systems.

Administrators may considering enabling Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (Unicast RPF) and implement IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to restrict access to UDP port 123 to trusted systems.? Unicast RPF?can help prevent IP spoofing as a bypass of IP-based ACLs.

 
Patches/Software

Cisco customers with active contracts can obtain updates through the Software Center at the following link: Cisco.? Cisco customers without contracts can obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco Technical Assistance Center at 1-800-553-2447 or 1-408-526-7209 or via e-mail at tac@cisco.com.

 
Alert History
 

Initial Release



Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
N/A

Associated Products:
CiscoIOS 12.4MD 12.4(22)MD | 12.4T 12.4(20)T, 12.4(20)T1, 12.4(22)T | 12.4XZ 12.4(15)XZ, 12.4(15)XZ1, 12.4(15)XZ2 | 12.4YA 12.4(20)YA, 12.4(20)YA1, 12.4(20)YA2, 12.4(20)YA3 | 12.4YD 12.4(22)YD | 12.4YE 12.4(22)YE




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