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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS Software SIP Message Processing Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-94: Code Injection
IntelliShield ID:20064
Version:1
First Published:2010 March 24 16:07 GMT
Last Published:2010 March 24 16:07 GMT
Port: 5060, 5061
CVE:CVE-2010-0580
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:10.0 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:7.4
Related Resources:
View related Security AdvisoryView related IPS Signature
 
 
Version Summary:

Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.  Updates are available.

 
 
Description

Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is due to improper handling of malformed Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) messages.  An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malicious request to the targeted device.  Successful exploitation could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Cisco confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released updated software.

 
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

Attackers may require special network access to exploit this vulnerability.  Devices that serve SIP network traffic may be located on isolated physical or logical networks, potentially making exploitation difficult.

A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted device.  The attacker may be able to execute code that could result in complete compromise.

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 for Cisco bug ID CSCsz48680 at the following link: cisco-sa-20100324-sip

 
Impact

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges, possibly to gain complete control over the device.

 
Technical Information

The vulnerability is due to improper handling of malformed SIP messages.  An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malicious SIP message to the targeted device.  Devices that are configured to process SIP messages accept requests via TCP and UDP ports 5060 and TCP port 5061.  The processing of a malicious message could cause an error condition that may allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

 
Safeguards

Administrators are advised to apply the available software updates.

Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.

Administrators may consider disabling SIP listening ports on devices that are not required to process voice network traffic.

Administrators are advised to implement an intrusion prevention system (IPS) or intrusion detection system (IDS) to help detect and prevent attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.

The Cisco Applied Intelligence team has created the following companion document to guide administrators in identifying and mitigating attempts to exploit this vulnerability prior to applying updated software: cisco-amb-20100324-voice

 
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.


Signatures
 
Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) 6.0
Signature IDSignature NameReleaseLatest Release Date
24760/0Cisco IOS SIP DoSS4792010 Mar 24 
Cisco Small Business IPS
Signature IDSignature NameReleaseLatest Release Date
SBIPS2010-000148/Cisco IOS SIP DoSSBIPS0000052010 Jun 17 
 
Alert History
 

Initial Release



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

Primary Products:
N/A

Associated Products:
CiscoIOS 12.4GC 12.4(22)GC1, 12.4(24)GC1 | 12.4MD 12.4(22)MD, 12.4(22)MD1 | 12.4MDA 12.4(22)MDA, 12.4(22)MDA1 | 12.4MF 12.4(22)MF | 12.4T 12.4(22)T, 12.4(22)T1, 12.4(22)T2, 12.4(24)T, 12.4(24)T1 | 12.4XR 12.4(22)XR, 12.4(22)XR1, 12.4(22)XR2 | 12.4YA 12.4(20)YA, 12.4(20)YA1, 12.4(20)YA2, 12.4(20)YA3 | 12.4YB 12.4(22)YB, 12.4(22)YB1, 12.4(22)YB4 | 12.4YD 12.4(22)YD, 12.4(22)YD1, 12.4(22)YD2 | 12.4YE 12.4(22)YE, 12.4(22)YE1 | 12.4YG 12.4(24)YG1




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