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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco Hosted Collaboration Mediation Excessive CPU Utilization Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:29645
Version:1
First Published:2013 June 12 14:29 GMT
Last Published:2013 June 12 14:29 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-3381
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 Hosted Collaboration Solution 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 network stack of Cisco Hosted Collaboration Mediation could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause excessive CPU utilization on the affected system.

The vulnerability is due to insufficient optimization of resources when the affected system is flooded with malformed UDP packets. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed UDP packets to UDP port 162 of the affected system. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause excessive CPU utilization on the affected system. CPU utilization returns to a normal state once the attack is terminated.

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 Hosted Collaboration Solution version 9 is affected. Later releases of Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution may also be affected.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker may need access to a trusted, internal network to send malformed UDP packets to the targeted device. This access requirement decreases the likelihood of a successful exploit.

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 CSCug85756 at the following link: CVE-2013-3381
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause excessive CPU utilization on an affected device, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to insufficient optimization of resources by an affected device when flooded with malformed UDP packets.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed UDP packets to UDP port 162 of the targeted device. Successful exploitation could cause excessive CPU utilization on the device, 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 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 Hosted Collaboration Solution 9.0(x) Base

Associated Products:
N/A




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