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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco Unified Presence XMPP Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-20: Input Validation
IntelliShield ID:28984
Version:1
First Published:2013 April 16 14:30 GMT
Last Published:2013 April 16 14:30 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1197
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:6.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:5.6
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco Unified Presence contains a vulnerability that could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
The XML parser of Cisco Unified Presence contains a vulnerability that could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to trigger a crash of the jabberd process, causing a denial of service condition.

The vulnerability is due to insufficient validation of crafted XML in Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) messages. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted XMPP messages to the affected system.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and software updates available.
 
Warning Indicators
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco Unified Presence versions 9.5 and prior were vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco Unified Presence may also be affected.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must be able to authenticate to a targeted system. This access restriction limits the possibility of a successful exploit.

Customers are advised to review the bug report in the Vendor Announcements section for a current list of affected versions.

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 notice for bug ID CSCue13912 at the following link: CVE-2013-1197
 
Impact
An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the jabberd process to crash, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to insufficient validation of user-supplied input processed by the XML parser used by the affected software.

An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted XMPP messages to an affected system. If successful, the attacker could cause the jabberd process on the targeted system to crash, resulting in a 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 allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
 
Patches/Software
Cisco customers with active contracts should contact their Cisco support team for assistance in upgrading to a software version that includes fixes for this vulnerability. Cisco customers without contracts may contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center at 1-800-553-2447 or 1-408-526-7209 or via e-mail at tac@cisco.com for assistance.
 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
CiscoCisco Unified Presence Server 9.0 Base | 9.5 Base

Associated Products:
N/A




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