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Cisco Email Security Appliance Email Scanner 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

6 years ago

Modified

Modified

3 years ago

Summary

A vulnerability in the email message filtering feature of Cisco AsyncOS for Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an ESA device to become unavailable due to a denial of service (DoS) condition.

Insight

Insight

The vulnerability is due to improper input validation when an email attachment contains corrupted fields and is filtered by the ESA. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted email with an attachment to the ESA. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause a DoS condition. While the attachment is being filtered, memory is consumed at at high rate until the filtering process restarts. When the process restarts, it will resume processing the same malformed attachment and the DoS condition will continue. Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There are no workarounds that mitigate this vulnerability.

Affected Software

Affected Software

See Vendor advisory.

Detection Method

Detection Method

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

Solution

Solution

See Vendor advisory.

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)