Cisco Bug: CSCtd67026 - SSL/TLS Vulnerable to a Memory Exhaustion DOS Attack
Jun 30, 2015
- Cisco IPS 4200 Series Sensors
Known Affected Releases
6.0(6) 6.1(2) 6.2(2)E 7.0(1)B 7.1(0)B118
Symptom: The IPS's SSL/TLS implementation is vulnerable to a memory exhaustion denial-of-service attack. This vulnerability allows attackers with an established SSL/TLS connection to the IPS to send traffic over this connection that will eventually exhaust the IPS's system memory. IPS software can become unstable once the memory is exhausted. This may cause the IPS to go into bypass, become unresponsive or automatically reboot. The main way to determine whether this is occurring is to open IDM/IME and view the usage information for the IPS's management interface along side the IPS's memory usage information. The IPS may be experiencing an attack if both are increasing interface traffic and memory usage are steadily increasing at a similar rate. Conditions: This vulnerability is present in IPS versions 006.000(006) 006.001(002) 06.2(02) 07.0(01) and earlier versions of the same major/minor releases. The IPS is only vulnerable to attackers whose IP addresses are on the IPS's access list. The attackers do not have to be authenticated to exploit this vulnerability.
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