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Cisco Bug: CSCvb14640 - Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE Software IPv6 SNMP Message Handling Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Sep 02, 2020

Products (108)

  • Cisco IOS
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850-12S-E Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650-24PDM-E Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850-24U-S Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650-24PD-E Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850-24U-L Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850-48P-E Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650-48FQ-E Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3650-48FS-S Switch
  • Cisco Catalyst 3850-24P-L Switch
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Known Affected Releases


Description (partial)

A vulnerability in the IPv6 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) code of Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE Software could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to cause high CPU usage or a reload of the device.

The vulnerability is due to IPv6 sub block corruption. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by polling the affected device IPv6 information. An exploit could allow the attacker to trigger high CPU usage or a reload of the device.

There are workarounds that address this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link:

This is a day 1 issue with the SNMP code when polling IPv6 interfaces.

Device configured with IPv6.

Could be triggered when polling OIDs that access IPv6 sub-block information or when issuing <cmd>show ipv6 addresses | section Ether</cmd>

There is a condition where IPv6 sub-block corruption can occur that could result in the device crashing when being polled.

IPv6 sub-block corruption could occur when unconfiguring certain processes can sometimes lead to a crash when linked-list traversals are involved, 
or when an IPV6 ppp-session is in the process of deletion and the address information is being polled for that particular virtual-access interface, the 
box might crash.  Hence the higher number of interface the greater likely hood that this issue could be hit.  (In most cases where this has been 
observed the device has been configured with a large - greater than 10K interfaces)

Logs could indicate:

044467: Aug 17 09:12:12.967 UTC: %SNMP-3-INPUT_QFULL_ERR: Packet dropped due to input
044468: Aug 17 09:12:12.968 UTC: %SNMP-3-INPUT_QFULL_ERR: Packet dropped due to input

and seeing drops on SNMP:

show snmp | i drops
    42064 Input queue packet drops (Maximum queue size 1000)

Fixed Releases are available in BST under the Known Fixed Releases.  Below is a summary updated on the 21st Sept 2017:

Cisco IOS Software:
15.5M:	15.5(3)M6 and later
15.5S:	15.5(3)S6 and later

Cisco IOS XE Software:
3.16S:	3.16.6S and later.
16.3 :  16.3.5
16.4 :  16.4.2
16.5 :  16.5.2
16.6 :  16.6.1 and later.

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