Vulnerability Alert

Cisco IOS XE Software TFTP Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:32002
Version:2
First Published:2013 December 03 22:41 GMT
Last Published:2014 February 11 19:15 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-6704
BugTraq ID:64062
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.4 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.5
 
Version Summary:IntelliShield has updated this alert to remove a Cisco Bug ID that was previously associated with the alert.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in the flow manager code of Cisco IOS XE Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause flow manager to hold UDP sessions in its table.

The vulnerability is due to not releasing memory for flows generated by TFTP UDP traffic. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by either starting a local TFTP transaction from the device, or by requesting a TFTP file operation when the device is configured as a TFTP server. An exploit could allow the attacker to have the Cisco IOS XE software hold the flow manager sessions in a table, decreasing memory and eventually resulting in system instability or a potential system crash.

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 XE Software Release 3.4SG(.2) and prior were vulnerable. Later releases of Cisco IOS XE 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-2013-6704

Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCty42686 for the most complete list of affected product versions.
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the affected software to hold the flow manager sessions in its table. This could cause decreasing memory, resulting in system instability or a crash that would cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to an improper memory operation by the affected software for flows generated by TFTP UDP traffic.

An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by either starting a local TFTP transaction from the device, or by requesting a TFTP file operation when the device is configured as a TFTP server. An exploit could allow the attacker to have the affected software hold the flow manager sessions in a table, decreasing memory and eventually resulting in system instability or a potential system crash, 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 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
 

Version 1, December 3, 2013, 5:41 PM: Cisco IOS XE Software contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are available.



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

Primary Products:
CiscoCisco IOS XE Software 3.2SE .1 | 3.2SG .2, .3, .4, .5 | 3.2XO .0 | 3.3SG .2 | 3.3XO .0 | 3.4SG .0, .2

Associated Products:
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