Cisco IOS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in the generic input/output control mechanism of Cisco IOS devices could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to trigger a reload of the Supervisor Engine or the device resulting in a denial of service condition.
The vulnerability is due to incorrect buffer handling. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by running multiple simultaneous SNMP queries against the affected system. An exploit could allow the attacker to trigger a reload of the Supervisor Engine or the device resulting in a denial of service condition.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and software updates are available.
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco IOS Software versions 15.0(2)SQA2 and prior were vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco IOS Software may also be affected.
To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must authenticate to a targeted system to send multiple SNMP queries. This access requirement 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.
An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to trigger a reload of the Supervisor Engine of an affected device, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
The vulnerability is due to improper buffer handling by the affected software while processing multiple simultaneous SNMP queries.
An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by running multiple simultaneous SNMP queries against a targeted system. If successful, the attacker could cause the Service Engine on the affected device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.
Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
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 email@example.com for assistance.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
15.0SQA 15.0(2)SQA, 15.0(2)SQA1, 15.0(2)SQA2
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