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Cisco Email Security Appliance Corrupted Attachment Fields Denial of Service Vulnerability

Information

Severity

Severity

High

Family

Family

CISCO

CVSSv2 Base

CVSSv2 Base

7.8

CVSSv2 Vector

CVSSv2 Vector

AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

Solution Type

Solution Type

Vendor Patch

Created

Created

5 years ago

Modified

Modified

3 years ago

Summary

A vulnerability in the email message filtering feature of Cisco AsyncOS Software for Cisco Email Security Appliances could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an affected device to stop scanning and forwarding email messages due to a denial of service (DoS) condition. The vulnerability is due to improper input validation of email attachments that have corrupted fields. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted email message, which has an attachment with corrupted fields, through an affected device. When the affected software filters the attachment, the filtering process could crash and restart, resulting in a DoS condition. After the filtering process restarts, the software resumes filtering for the same attachment, causing the filtering process to crash and restart again. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause a repeated DoS condition. Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.

Detection Method

Detection Method

Checks if a vulnerable version is present on the target host.

Solution

Solution

See the referenced vendor advisory for a solution.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)