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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Wireless Intrusion Prevention System Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-119: Buffer Errors
IntelliShield ID:27901
Version:1
First Published:2013 January 23 16:31 GMT
Last Published:2013 January 23 16:31 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1102
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 Notice
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Wireless Intrusion Prevention System 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 Wireless LAN Controllers (WLC) Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (wIPS) contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.

The vulnerability is due to improper handling of crafted IP packets by the wIPS software component used by the Cisco WLC. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending crafted IP packets to a targeted device. A successful attack could allow the attacker to cause the targeted device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition for legitimate users.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
The following Cisco products are affected:
  • Cisco WLC Software versions 7.3 prior to 7.3.101.0
  • Cisco WLC Software versions 7.2 prior to 7.2.110.0
  • Cisco WLC Software version 7.1, all releases
  • Cisco WLC Software versions 7.0 prior to 7.0.240.0
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must submit crafted IP packets to the targeted device, likely requiring access to trusted, internal networks. This access requirement limits the likelihood of a successful exploit.

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 CSCtx80743 at the following link: cisco-sa-20130123-wlc
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability to cause the targeted device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition for legitimate users. Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of crafted IP packets by the wIPS software component used by the Cisco WLC.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending crafted IP packets to a targeted device. When the software processes the malicious packets, the device may reload. A successful attack could cause a DoS condition for legitimate users. Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

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

Administrators are advised to monitor affected devices.
 
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 Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) 7.0 Base, 98.0, 98.218, 116.0, 220.0 | 7.1 Base, 91.0 | 7.2 Base, 103.0

Associated Products:
N/A




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