Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS Software IP NAT Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:26897
Version:1
First Published:2012 September 26 16:24 GMT
Last Published:2012 September 26 16:24 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2012-4619
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 on a targeted system. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on a targeted system.

The vulnerability is due to the improper processing of IP packets by the affected software while performing NAT. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted IP packets to a targeted device that is configured for NAT. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause the device to become unresponsive or reload, resulting in a DoS condition.

Cisco confirmed this vulnerability and software updates are available.
 
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
An attacker must be able to send malicious packets to the targeted device to exploit the vulnerability. In addition, the attacker may require access to trusted, internal networks, decreasing the likelihood of a successful attack.

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 CSCtr46123 at the following link: cisco-sa-20120926-nat
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a targeted device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition. Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to the improper processing of IP packets by the affected software while performing NAT.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted IP packets to a targeted device. Successful exploitation could allow the attacker to cause the vulnerable system to become unresponsive or reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate software updates.

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.
 
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 15.0M 15.0(1)M6, 15.0(1)M6a, 15.0(1)M7 | 15.1M 15.1(4)M1, 15.1(4)M2 | 15.1T 15.1(2)T4, 15.1(3)T2 | 15.1XB 15.1(4)XB5, 15.1(4)XB5a, 15.1(4)XB6 | 15.2GC 15.2(1)GC, 15.2(1)GC1, 15.2(1)GC2 | 15.2T 15.2(1)T, 15.2(1)T1, 15.2(1)T2, 15.2(2)T

Associated Products:
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