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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS XR Software Route Processor Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-362: Race Conditions
IntelliShield ID:31369
Version:1
First Published:2013 October 23 16:14 GMT
Last Published:2013 October 23 16:14 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-5549
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:7.1 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:5.9
Related Resources:
View related Security Advisory
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco IOS XR Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Cisco IOS XR Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.

The vulnerability is due to improper processing of fragmented packets by the following: 
  • Cisco CRS 16-Slot Line Card Chassis Route Processor (RP-A)
  • Cisco CRS 16-Slot Line Card Chassis Route Processor B (RP-B)
  • Carrier Routing System (CRS) Performance Route Processor (PRP)
  • Cisco CRS Distributed Route Processor (DRP-B)
An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending fragmented packets to a vulnerable system; this vulnerability cannot be triggered by IP traffic traversing a vulnerable device. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause the packets originating on the Route Processor CPU to stop transmitting to the fabric, resulting in a DoS condition.

This vulnerability can be triggered by both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic and does not require a TCP three-way handshake.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security advisory and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
Cisco IOS XR Software versions 3.8.1 through 4.2.0 are affected.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
Only packets sent directly to a targeted device could trigger the vulnerability. Network traffic transiting the device cannot be used to conduct an exploit, limiting the potential sources of exploitation.
 
Vendor Announcements
Cisco has released a security advisory for Cisco bug ID CSCuh30380 at the following link: cisco-sa-201301023-iosxr
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability to cause a targeted device to stop processing network traffic, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper processing of network packets by Cisco IOS XR Software.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending fragmented packets to a targeted system. The processing of the fragmented packets could cause the device to stop transmitting additional packets, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
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.
 
Patches/Software
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 tac@cisco.com.
 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
CiscoCisco IOS XR Software 3.8 .1, .2, .3, .4 | 3.9 .0, .1, .2, .3 | 4.0 .1, .3, .4 | 4.1 .0, .1, .2 | 4.2 .0

Associated Products:
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