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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco WSA, ESA, and SMA Management GUI Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:31434
Version:1
First Published:2013 October 23 16:37 GMT
Last Published:2013 October 23 16:37 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-5537
BugTraq ID:63280
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 WSA, ESA, and SMA contain 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 GUI function in the web framework code could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause the GlassFish process to become unresponsive, resulting in a partial denial of service (DoS) condition.

The vulnerability is due to improper handling, processing, and termination of HTTP and HTTPS connections. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending multiple HTTP or HTTPS requests to any management-enabled interfaces of the affected system. A full TCP three-way handshake is required to exploit this vulnerability. An exploit could allow the attacker to prevent management access via the GUI. A hard reboot of the affected system is needed to restore full functionality.

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, the following versions of Cisco products were vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco products may also be affected.
  • Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) versions 7.7 and prior
  • Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA) versions 8.0 and prior
  • Cisco Content Security Management Appliance (SMA) versions 8.1 and prior
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must first determine the management-enabled interfaces on the targeted system and send multiple HTTP or HTTPS requests to the system. In a typical enterprise environment, these systems would reside on trusted, internal networks behind firewall restrictions. This access requirements decrease the likelihood of a successful exploit.

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-2013-5537

Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug IDs CSCuj59411, CSCuf89818, and CSCuh05635 for a complete list of affected product versions.
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the GlassFish process to become unresponsive, which would prevent management access via the GUI, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper handling, processing, and termination of HTTP and HTTPS connections by the GUI function of the affected software.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending multiple HTTP or HTTPS requests to any management-enabled interfaces of the affected system. An exploit could allow the attacker to prevent management access via the GUI, 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 Web Security Appliance (WSA) 7.1 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4 | 7.5 .0, .1 | 7.7 Base
CiscoCisco Email Security Appliance (ESA) 7.1 .0, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5 | 7.3 .0, .1, .2 | 7.5 .0, .1, .2 | 7.6 .0, .1, .2 | 7.8 Base | 8.0 Base
CiscoCisco Content Security Management Appliance (SMA) 7.2 .0, .1, .2 | 7.7 .0, .1 | 7.9 .0, .1 | 8.0 .0 | 8.1 .0

Associated Products:
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