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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS Software Intrusion Prevention System Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:26894
Version:1
First Published:2012 September 26 16:18 GMT
Last Published:2012 September 26 16:18 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2012-3950
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:7.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:6.4
Related Resources:
View related Security AdvisoryView related Event Response
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an affected device to reload, resulting in a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an affected device to reload, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.

The vulnerability is due to improper processing of DNS packets in certain device configurations. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending DNS packets through a device with a vulnerable configuration. If successful, the attacker could cause the device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
Cisco has published a list of affected Cisco IOS Software releases in a security advisory. The Vendor Announcements section of this alert contains a link to the security advisory.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
Only devices with certain specific configurations are affected by this vulnerability, decreasing the likelihood of a successful exploit.
 
Vendor Announcements
Cisco has released a security advisory for Cisco bug ID CSCtw55976 at the following link: cisco-sa-20120926-ios-ips
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a targeted device to fail and reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper processing of DNS packets on devices with a specific configuration running Cisco IOS with the Intrusion Prevention Feature (IPS) enabled.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending DNS packets through a device with a vulnerable Cisco IOS IPS configuration. Processing the DNS packets could cause the device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators may consider disabling DNS inspection on vulnerable systems.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
 
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:
CiscoIOS 12.4GC 12.4(22)GC1, 12.4(22)GC1a, 12.4(24)GC1, 12.4(24)GC3, 12.4(24)GC3a, 12.4(24)GC4 | 12.4MR 12.4(16)MR1, 12.4(16)MR2, 12.4(19)MR | 12.4T 12.4(11)T, 12.4(11)T1, 12.4(11)T2, 12.4(11)T3, 12.4(11)T4, 12.4(15)T, 12.4(15)T1, 12.4(15)T10, 12.4(15)T11, 12.4(15)T12, 12.4(15)T13, 12.4(15)T13b, 12.4(15)T14, 12.4(15)T15, 12.4(15)T16, 12.4(15)T17, 12.4(15)T2, 12.4(15)T3, 12.4(15)T4, 12.4(15)T5, 12.4(15)T6, 12.4(15)T6a, 12.4(15)T7, 12.4(15)T8, 12.4(15)T9, 12.4(20)T, 12.4(20)T1, 12.4(20)T2, 12.4(20)T3, 12.4(20)T4, 12.4(20)T5, 12.4(20)T5a, 12.4(20)T6, 12.4(22)T, 12.4(22)T1, 12.4(22)T2, 12.4(22)T3, 12.4(22)T4, 12.4(22)T5, 12.4(24)T, 12.4(24)T1, 12.4(24)T2, 12.4(24)T3, 12.4(24)T4, 12.4(24)T5, 12.4(24)T6, 12.4(24)T7 | 12.4XF 12.4(15)XF | 12.4XJ 12.4(11)XJ, 12.4(11)XJ1, 12.4(11)XJ2, 12.4(11)XJ3, 12.4(11)XJ4, 12.4(11)XJ5, 12.4(11)XJ6 | 12.4XK 12.4(14)XK | 12.4XV 12.4(11)XV, 12.4(11)XV1 | 12.4XW 12.4(11)XW, 12.4(11)XW1, 12.4(11)XW10, 12.4(11)XW2, 12.4(11)XW3, 12.4(11)XW4, 12.4(11)XW5, 12.4(11)XW6, 12.4(11)XW7, 12.4(11)XW8, 12.4(11)XW9 | 12.4XY 12.4(15)XY, 12.4(15)XY1, 12.4(15)XY2, 12.4(15)XY3, 12.4(15)XY4, 12.4(15)XY5 | 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 | 12.4YB 12.4(22)YB, 12.4(22)YB1, 12.4(22)YB4, 12.4(22)YB5, 12.4(22)YB6, 12.4(22)YB7, 12.4(22)YB8 | 15.0M 15.0(1)M, 15.0(1)M1, 15.0(1)M2, 15.0(1)M3, 15.0(1)M4, 15.0(1)M5, 15.0(1)M6, 15.0(1)M6a, 15.0(1)M7, 15.0(1)M8 | 15.0XA 15.0(1)XA, 15.0(1)XA1, 15.0(1)XA2, 15.0(1)XA3, 15.0(1)XA4, 15.0(1)XA5 | 15.1GC 15.1(2)GC, 15.1(2)GC1, 15.1(2)GC2 | 15.1M 15.1(4)M, 15.1(4)M0a, 15.1(4)M0b, 15.1(4)M1, 15.1(4)M2, 15.1(4)M3, 15.1(4)M3a, 15.1(4)M4 | 15.1T 15.1(1)T, 15.1(1)T1, 15.1(1)T2, 15.1(1)T3, 15.1(1)T4, 15.1(1)T5, 15.1(2)T, 15.1(2)T0a, 15.1(2)T1, 15.1(2)T2, 15.1(2)T2a, 15.1(2)T3, 15.1(2)T4, 15.1(2)T5, 15.1(3)T, 15.1(3)T1, 15.1(3)T2, 15.1(3)T3, 15.1(3)T4 | 15.1XB 15.1(1)XB, 15.1(1)XB1, 15.1(1)XB2, 15.1(1)XB3, 15.1(4)XB4, 15.1(4)XB5, 15.1(4)XB5a, 15.1(4)XB6, 15.1(4)XB7, 15.1(4)XB8a | 15.2GC 15.2(1)GC, 15.2(1)GC1, 15.2(1)GC2, 15.2(2)GC | 15.2T 15.2(1)T, 15.2(1)T1, 15.2(1)T2, 15.2(2)T, 15.2(2)T1, 15.2(3)T, 15.2(3)T1 | 15.2XA 15.2(3)XA

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