Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS XR Software Crafted SNMP Packets Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:29202
Version:1
First Published:2013 May 02 20:49 GMT
Last Published:2013 May 02 20:49 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1234
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:4.0 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:3.3
 
Version Summary:Cisco IOS XR Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in the SNMP module of Cisco IOS XR Software could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to cause the SNMP process to restart.

The vulnerability is due to improper processing of crafted SNMP packets. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted SNMP packets to the affected device. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause the SNMP process to restart.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and software updates are available.
 
Warning Indicators
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco IOS XR Software versions 4.3 and prior were vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco IOS XR Software may also be affected.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would likely need access to a trusted, internal network to send crafted SNMP packets to the targeted system. In addition, an attacker must authenticate to the targeted device. These access requirements may reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.

Customers are advised to review the bug reports 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 CSCue69472 at the following link: CVE-2013-1234
 
Impact
An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the SNMP process running on an affected device to restart, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper processing of crafted SNMP packets by the SNMP module of the affected software.

An authenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted SNMP packets to an affected device. If successful, the attacker could cause the SNMP process to restart, 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.

It is critical to prevent unauthorized direct communication to network devices. Restrict network traffic destined for the network infrastructure to protect against reconnaissance and DoS attacks. For configuration details, consult Protecting Your Core: Infrastructure Protection Access Control Lists.

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 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 IOS XR Software 4.2 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4 | 4.3 .0

Associated Products:
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