Vulnerability Alert

Cisco NX-OS Software BGP Regex Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:30837
Version:1
First Published:2013 September 17 18:41 GMT
Last Published:2013 September 17 18:41 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1121
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.4 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.5
 
Version Summary:Cisco NX-OS Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) code of Cisco NX-OS Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause the affected device to reload.

The vulnerability is due to an issue with the regex engine used when processing complex regular expressions. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by injecting specific autonomous system (AS) path sets. If the affected device has a complex regular expression applied to the inbound routes, the vulnerability may be triggered. An exploit could allow the attacker to trigger Cisco NX-OS Software to restart.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco NX-OS Software versions 6.1(3) and prior were vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco NX-OS Software may also be vulnerable.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
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 at the following link: CVE-2013-1121

Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCuf49554 for the most complete list of affected product versions.
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause an affected device to reload, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper processing of complex regular expressions by the regex engine used by the affected software.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by injecting AS path sets. If the affected device has a complex regular expression applied to the inbound routes, the targeted device could reload, 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 email 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 NX-OS Software for Nexus 5000 Series 5.0(3)N1(1c), 5.0(2)N2(1), 5.0(2)N2(1a), 5.0(3)N2(1), 5.0(3)N2(2), 5.0(3)N2(2a), 5.0(3)N2(2b), 5.1(3)N1(1), 5.1(3)N1(1a), 5.1(3)N2(1), 5.1(3)N2(1a), 5.1(3)N2(1b), 5.1(3)N2(1c), 5.2(1)N1(1), 5.2(1)N1(1a), 5.2(1)N1(1b), 5.2(1)N1(2), 5.2(1)N1(2a), 5.2(1)N1(3), 5.2(1)N1(4) | for Nexus 7000 Series 4.1.(2), 4.1.(3), 4.1.(4), 4.1.(5), 4.2.(2a), 4.2(3), 4.2(4), 4.2(6), 4.2(8), 5.0(2a), 5.0(3), 5.0(5), 5.1(1), 5.1(1a), 5.1(3), 5.1(4), 5.1(5), 5.1(6), 5.2(1), 5.2(3a), 5.2(4), 5.2(5), 5.2(7), 5.2(9), 6.0(1), 6.0(2), 6.0(3), 6.0(4), 6.1(1), 6.1(2), 6.1(3)

Associated Products:
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