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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco TelePresence Manager, Multipoint Switch, and Recording Server Crafted TCP/IP Traffic Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:26341
Version:1
First Published:2012 July 11 16:26 GMT
Last Published:2012 July 11 16:26 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2012-3073
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:7.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:7.4
Related Resources:
 
 
Version Summary:

Cisco TelePresence Manager, Multipoint Switch, and Recording Server contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.

 
 
Description

Cisco TelePresence Manager, Multipoint Switch, and Recording Server contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on a targeted device.

The vulnerability is due to improper processing of malformed network traffic by the affected software. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malicious network requests to the device at a high rate. If successful, the attacker could cause the device to stop responding to legitimate user requests, resulting in a DoS condition.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in multiple security advisories and released software updates.

 
Warning Indicators

The following Cisco TelePresence products are affected:

  • Cisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch versions prior to 1.8.1
  • Cisco TelePresence Manager versions prior to 1.9.0
  • Cisco TelePresence Recording Server versions 1.6 and prior, 1.7, and 1.8
 
IntelliShield Analysis

A successful exploit could allow an attacker to cause a device to stop responding, potentially preventing authorized users from accessing network resources served by the targeted device.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must send a sequence of malicious IP packets and TCP segments to affected devices at a high rate. The attacker may need access to trusted, internal networks, which could limit the likelihood of a successful exploit.

This alert contains CVSS scoring supplied by Cisco, the primary vendor of the affected product. Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that functional exploit code exists; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.

Cisco also indicates through that CVSS score that updates are available, however, Cisco TelePresence Recording Server is no longer under development and this issue will not be fixed for that product.

 
Vendor Announcements

Cisco has released a security advisory for Cisco bug IDs CSCty11219 , CSCty11299 , CSCty11323, and CSCty11338 at the following link: cisco-sa-20120711-ctms

Cisco has released a security advisory for Cisco bug IDs CSCti21851, CSCtj19100, CSCtj19086, and CSCtj19078 at the following link: cisco-sa-20120711-ctsman

Cisco has released a security advisory for Cisco bug ID CSCti21830 at the following link: cisco-sa-20120711-ctrs

 
Impact

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a targeted device to stop responding to legitimate user requests and possibly cause services and processes on the device to crash. Sustained attacks could result in a DoS condition.

 
Technical Information

The vulnerability is due to improper processing of malformed IP packets and TCP segments by the affected software.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted sequence of IP packets and TCP segments at a high rate to the targeted device. When processed, the malicious sequence could cause the device to stop responding to legitimate user requests and possibly cause services and processes on the device to crash. Sustained attacks could result in a DoS condition.

 
Safeguards

Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

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

Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

The Cisco Security Intelligence Operations team has created the following guide to assist administrators in improving the security posture of their installations: Cisco TelePresence Hardening Guide

 
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
3050/0Half-open SYN AttackS6362012 Mar 28 
6009/0SYN Flood DOSS5932011 Sep 07 
 
Alert History
 

Initial Release



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

Primary Products:
CiscoCisco TelePresence Recording Server 1.5 Base | 1.6 Base, .1, .2, .3 | 1.7 .0, .1, .2.1, .3 | 1.8 .0, .1
CiscoCisco TelePresence Manager 1.5 Base | 1.6 Base | 1.7 Base | 1.8 .0, .1
CiscoCisco TelePresence Multipoint Switch 1.0 Base, .4.0 | 1.1 .0, .1, .2 | 1.5 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5, .6 | 1.6 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4 | 1.7 .0, .1, .2, .3 | 1.8 .0, .1

Associated Products:
CiscoCisco TelePresence Manager 1.8




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