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Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS XR Software OSPFv3 Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-20: Input Validation
IntelliShield ID:31675
Version:1
First Published:2013 November 07 19:40 GMT
Last Published:2013 November 07 19:40 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-5565
BugTraq ID:63563
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.8
 
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
A vulnerability in the Open Shortest Path First version 3 (OSPFv3) implementation in Cisco IOS XR Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a crash of the OSPFv3 process on an affected device.

The vulnerability is due to improper parsing of malformed type 1 link-state advertisement (LSA) packets. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malformed type 1 LSA packet to a vulnerable device. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause a crash of the OSPFv3 process on an affected device, which may lead to a denial of service (DoS) condition.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco IOS XR Software version 5.1 was vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco IOS XR Software may also be vulnerable.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need access to trusted, internal networks, in which such a device would typically be located, to send malformed type 1 LSA packets to. This access requirement decreases 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-2013-5565

Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCuj82176 for a complete list of affected product versions.
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to crash the OSPFv3 process on an affected device, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper parsing of malformed type 1 LSA packets by an affected device.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a malformed type 1 LSA packet to a vulnerable device. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause the OSPFv3 process on an affected device to crash, which may lead to 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 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 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 IOS XR Software 5.1 Base

Associated Products:
N/A




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