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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco Unified Presence Memory Exhaustion Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:29272
Version:1
First Published:2013 May 10 18:53 GMT
Last Published:2013 May 10 18:53 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1242
BugTraq ID:59800
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.0 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.8
 
Version Summary:Cisco Unified Presence contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are not available.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in the web framework of Cisco Unified Presence could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an increase in memory utilization.

The vulnerability is due to improper handling of memory allocation when the affected system is flooded with malformed TCP packets. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed TCP packets to the affected system. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause an increase in memory utilization. Memory utilization does not return to a normal state when the attack is terminated. A reboot is of the system is required to restore free memory.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice; however, software updates are not 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 the vulnerability, an attacker would likely need access to an internal, trusted network to send malformed TCP packets to the targeted system, decreasing the likelihood 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 CSCug38080 at the following link: CVE-2013-1242
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an increase in memory utilization on a targeted system. If an exploit is successful, a reboot of the vulnerable device is require to restore free memory, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of memory allocation when the affected system is flooded with malformed TCP packets.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed TCP packets to the affected system. If successful, the attacker could cause excessive memory utilization on the targeted device, which will not return to a normal state when the attack is terminated. For the targeted system to restore free memory, a reboot is required, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to contact the vendor regarding future updates and releases.

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

Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.

Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by using a solid firewall strategy.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
 
Patches/Software
Software updates are not available.
 
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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