Vulnerability Alert

Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall H.323 Inspection Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:27835
Version:1
First Published:2013 January 16 16:05 GMT
Last Published:2013 January 16 16:05 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2012-5419
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 ASA Software for the 1000V Cloud Firewall contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Cisco ASA Software for the 1000V Cloud Firewall versions 8.7.1 and 8.7.1.1 contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the Cisco 1000V Cloud Firewall.

The vulnerability is due to incorrect handling of malformed H.323 packets. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted H.323 packet through the affected device. An exploit could allow the attacker to reload the Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, resulting in denial of service (DoS) condition.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
Cisco ASA Software for the Cisco ASA 1000v Cloud Firewall versions 8.7.1 and 8.7.1.1 are vulnerable.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker must send malicious packets to the targeted system, likely requiring the attacker to access trusted, internal networks. This access requirement limits the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Although H.323 inspection uses UDP ports 1718 and 1719 and TCP port 1720, ports dynamically negotiated by H.323 call signaling setup may be used as attack vectors to trigger this vulnerability.

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 bug IDs CSCuc42812 and CSCuc88741 at the following link: cisco-sa-20130116-asa1000v
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a targeted device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition. Repeated attacks could result in a sustained DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to incorrect handling of malformed H.323 IPv4 packets processed by the affected software when H.323 inspection for H.225 messages is enabled.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed H.323 packets via UDP ports 1718 and 1719 or TCP port 1720 through the affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to reload the device, resulting in DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators may consider disabling H.323 inspection for H.225 messages if H.323 inspection is not required by issuing the following command: no inspect h323 h225

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

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

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:
CiscoCisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall Software 8.7 .1, .1.1

Associated Products:
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