Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
A vulnerability in IPsec code could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of an affected device.
The vulnerability is due to an error in the code that decrypts packets transiting an active VPN tunnel. In particular the code is failing at properly handling crafted ICMP packets after a decryption operation. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted ICMP packets through an active VPN tunnel. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause a reload of the device that performs the decryption operation.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released software updates.
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software versions prior to 9.1(1.7) are vulnerable.
To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must establish a VPN connection that transits an affected device. This requirement reduces the potential for exploitation.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a targeted device to reload, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
The vulnerability is due to improper decryption of ICMP packets in a VPN tunnel connection.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malicious ICMP packets through an established VPN tunnel that transits an affected device. The processing of the ICMP packets could cause the device to reload, resulting in a DoS condition.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
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.
Cisco customers with active contracts can obtain updates through the Software Center at the following link: Cisco. Cisco customers without contracts can obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco Technical Assistance Center at 1-800-553-2447 or 1-408-526-7209 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software
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