Security Activity Bulletin

HTTPKiller: Apache HTTP Server Denial of Service Tool

 
Threat Type:IntelliShield: Applied Mitigation Bulletin
IntelliShield ID:23983
Version:3
First Published:2011 August 22 17:02 GMT
Last Published:2011 August 26 13:59 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency:Possible use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
 
Version Summary:Additional information is available regarding exploits that target the Apache Range Retrieval Request processing denial of service vulnerability.
 

Description
 

A publicly available exploit tool that exploits a vulnerability in Apache HTTP Server could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on an affected system.  Apache has reported that active use of this tool has been observed.

The vulnerability, documented in IntelliShield alert 24004, exists because the affected software incorrectly processes a Range Retrieval Request header that is received via an HTTP request.  Due to the flaw, upon receiving a request with a 0-byte range or overlapping byte ranges, the affected software erroneously allocates a bucket for each byte requested and stores them in a brigade.

The tool allows an unauthenticated, remote attacker to send malicious HTTP requests to the affected system, triggering excessive memory consumption that could lead to a DoS condition.

Administrators are advised to contact the vendor regarding future updates and releases.  Until updates can be applied, administrators are advised to configure connection throttling or filtering of repetitive, abusive connection requests.

Apache has confirmed the vulnerability in a security announcement.  Updated software is not available; however, Apache has released approved workarounds.

Apache has released a security announcement at the following link: CVE-2011-3192


Signatures
 
Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) 6.0
Signature IDSignature NameReleaseLatest Release Date
38846/0Apache Range Remote Denial of ServiceS7092013 Apr 17 
Cisco Small Business IPS
Signature IDSignature NameReleaseLatest Release Date
SBIPS2011-000301/Apache Range Remote Denial of ServiceSBIPS0000162011 Oct 13 
 
Alert History
 

Version 2, August 25, 2011, 2:27 PM: Additional technical information that describes the Apache Range Retrieval Request processing denial of service vulnerability is available.

Version 1, August 22, 2011, 12:02 PM: Apache contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition on a targeted system.  Updates are not available.



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

Primary Products:
Apache Software FoundationApache HTTP Server 2.0.50 Base | 2.0.51 Base | 2.0.52 Base | 2.0.53 Base | 2.0.54 Base | 2.0.55 Base | 2.0.56 Base | 2.0.57 Base | 2.0.58 Base | 2.0.59 Base | 2.0.61 Base | 2.0.63 Base | 2.2 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4, .6, .7, .8, .9, .10, .11, .12, .13, .14, .15, .16

Associated Products:
N/A




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