CERT® Advisory CA-2003-17 Exploit available for the Cisco IOS Interface Blocked VulnerabilitiesOriginal release date: July 18, 2003
Last revised: --
A complete revision history can be found at the end of this file.
OverviewAn exploit has been posted publicly for the vulnerability described in VU#411332, which was announced in
An exploit has been posted publicly for VU#411332. This exploit allows an attacker to interrupt the normal operation of a vulnerable device. We believe it is likely that intruders will begin using this or other exploits to cause service outages.
If you believe you have been the victim of intruder activity related to this vulnerability, we encourage you to report that activity to your local incident response team, if any, and to the CERT Coordination Center. Relevant artifacts or activity can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CERT#24229" in the subject line. If you are not able to communicate via electronic mail, contact CERT/CC by phone at the number listed at the bottom of this document.
Many large service providers have already taken action or are in the midst of upgrading. However, if you have not already taken action, we strongly encourage you to review the advisory provided by Cisco and take action in accordance with your site's maintenance and change management procedures. Cisco's advisory can be found at
The CERT/CC will continue to provide information about this vulnerability through VU#411332.
Any information regarding intruder activity related to this vulnerability will be posted to the CERT/CC Currect Activity page, available at
By sending specially crafted IPv4 packets to an interface on a vulnerable device, an intruder can cause the device to stop processing packets destined to that interface. Quoting from Cisco's advisory:
A device receiving these specifically crafted IPv4 packets will force the inbound interface to stop processing traffic. The device may stop processing packets destined to the router, including routing protocol packets and ARP packets. No alarms will be triggered, nor will the router reload to correct itself. This issue can affect all Cisco devices running Cisco IOS software. This vulnerability may be exercised repeatedly resulting in loss of availability until a workaround has been applied or the device has been upgraded to a fixed version of code.
Apply a patch from CiscoUpgrade as described in Cisco's Advisory.
Until a patch can be applied, you can mitigate the risks presented by this vulnerability by judicious use of access control lists (ACLs). The correct use of ACLs depends on your network topology. Additionally, ACLs may degrade performance on some systems. We recommend reviewing the following before applying ACLs:
The CERT Coordination Center thanks Cisco Systems for notifying us about this problem and for helping us to construct this advisory.
Authors: Shawn Hernan and Martin Lindner
This document is available from: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2003-17.html
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