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Cisco 1800 Series ISR ISDN Basic Rate Interface Denial of Service Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID:35453
Version:1
First Published:2014 August 28 15:58 GMT
Last Published:2014 August 28 15:58 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2014-3347
BugTraq ID:69439
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Mild Damage
CVSS Base:5.4 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:4.9
 
 
Version Summary:Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition. Updates are not available.
 
 
Description
Cisco 1800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) contain a vulnerability in the hardware entropy collection module when the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Basic Rate Interface (BRI) is configured and connected to a public switched network. This could allow an attacker with knowledge of the ISDN phone number of the affected device to trigger a denial of service (DoS) condition.

The vulnerability is due to an interrupt timer collision that causes the hardware encryption module to enter a corrupted state, causing the device to become unresponsive. An attacker would need to perform the attack exactly when the device polls the hardware encryption module to perform entropy collection.

The affected devices have reached the End of Software Maintenance milestone. Fixed software will not be released.

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, Cisco IOS Software Releases 15.1(4)M2 or later were vulnerable. Later releases may also be vulnerable.
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must obtain additional knowledge of the targeted device, such as whether ISDN BRI is configured and connected to an active switched network and whether a service that requires encryption entropy collection is enabled. The additional knowledge requirement may decrease the likelihood of a successful exploit.

End-of-life notices for the affected platforms are at the following link: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/routers/1800-series-integrated-services-routers-isr/eos-eol-notice-listing.html
 
Vendor Announcements
Cisco has released a security notice at the following link: CVE-2014-3347

Customers are advised to consult Cisco bug ID CSCul77897 for a complete list of affected product versions.
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause an affected device to become unresponsive, resulting in a DoS condition.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to an interrupt timer collision that causes the hardware encryption module to enter a corrupted state when the ISDN BRI on an affected device is configured and connected to a public switch network, causing the device to become unresponsive.  

An attacker with knowledge of the ISDN phone number of the affected device could exploit this vulnerability to trigger a DoS condition.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to downgrade to a version of Cisco IOS Software that does not use hardware entropy collection.

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:
CiscoIOS 15.1M 15.1(4)M10, 15.1(4)M2, 15.1(4)M3, 15.1(4)M3a, 15.1(4)M4, 15.1(4)M5, 15.1(4)M6, 15.1(4)M7, 15.1(4)M8, 15.1(4)M9

Associated Products:
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