Vulnerability Details

Cisco IOS-XE Fragmented Packet Resource Consumption Vulnerability

Published: 2016-05-10 09:02:10
CVE Author: NIST National Vulnerability Database

CVSS Base Vector:
AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

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

Recommendations:
See the referenced vendor advisory for a solution.

Summary:
A vulnerability in the packet reassembly subsystem of Cisco IOS-XE could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to consume CPU resources which may lead to a denial of service (DoS) condition. The vulnerability is due to an error message that is triggered to the console and the syslog when a fragmented packet cannot be properly reassembled. When an affected device fails to successfully perform reassembly, instead of silently dropping the fragments, the ATTN-3-SYNC_TIMEOUT error message may be triggered. On a device that is highly loaded, this condition may be leveraged to consume CPU resources that may be required by another process, resulting in a temporary halt of the queued process. In some situations this may lead to a drop of transit traffic. An attacker could trigger this vulnerability by sending a series of IPv4 or IPv6 fragments, that are designed to trigger the error message, directly to the affected device. Cisco IOS-XE devices rate-limit error messages to once every 60 seconds by default. Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must send a continuous series of network packets to a targeted device. Devices that are protected by network filtering or have access restricted from untrusted networks may be at less risk of exploitation. Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that functional exploit code exists, however, the code is not known to be publicly available.

Detection Type:
Linux Distribution Package

Solution Type:
Vendor Patch

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVD (National Vulnerability Database)

https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2015-4293

References:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/Cisco-SA-20150729-CVE-2015-4293

Severity
Medium
CVSS Score
5.0
Published
2016-05-10
Modified
2018-10-29
Category
CISCO

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