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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS XE Software SIP Traffic Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:28817
Version:1
First Published:2013 April 10 16:18 GMT
Last Published:2013 April 10 16:18 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1166
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 XE Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Cisco IOS XE Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a DoS condition.

The vulnerability is due to improper handling of SIP packets by Cisco 1000 Series ASR when configured for VRF-aware NAT and SIP ALG. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a large number of SIP packets traversing a device configured for NAT; this vulnerability cannot be triggered by SIP traffic destined to a vulnerable device.

A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause a system to reload, resulting in a DoS condition. Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained DoS condition.


Cisco confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released updated software.
 
Warning Indicators
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers running affected versions of Cisco IOS XE Software are affected by this vulnerability.

Cisco has published a list of affected Cisco IOS XE Software releases in the security advisory. The Vendor Announcements section of this alert contains a link to the advisory.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need access to a trusted, internal network to send a large number of SIP packets through a vulnerable system. This access requirement may reduce 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 CSCuc65609 at the following link: cisco-sa-20130410-asr1000
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to reload the Embedded Services Processors (ESP) card on a targeted device, resulting in a DoS condition. Repeated exploitation could result in a sustained DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of SIP packets by Cisco 1000 Series ASR devices when configured for NAT. The vulnerability can be triggered by sending SIP traffic that will traverse a vulnerable device.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a large number of SIP packets traversing a NAT on a vulnerable system. If successful, the attacker could cause a targeted device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Apply hardware rate limiter features to limit packets requiring processing by the device's CPU to mitigate DoS attacks. See the vendor's documentation for specific configuration instructions. For hardware rate limiting configuration details, consult the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Denial of Service (DoS) Protection Configuration Guide.

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

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:
CiscoCisco IOS XE Software 3.2S .0, .1, .2 | 3.3S .0, .1, .2 | 3.4S .0, .1, .2, .3, .4 | 3.5S Base, .0, .1, .2 | 3.6S Base, .0, .1, .2 | 3.7S Base, .0

Associated Products:
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