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Cisco PIX Multiple Vulnerabilities

Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20021120-pix-vulnerability

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20021120-pix-vulnerability

Revision 1.0

For Public Release 2002 November 20 16:00  UTC (GMT)


Summary

The Cisco PIX Firewall provides robust, enterprise-class security services including stateful inspection firewalling, standards-based IP Security (IPsec) Virtual Private Networking (VPN), intrusion protection and much more in cost-effective, easy to deploy solutions.

Two vulnerabilities have been resolved for the PIX firewall for which fixes are available. These vulnerabilities are documented as Cisco bug ID CSCdv83490 and CSCdx35823.

There are no workarounds available to mitigate the effects of these vulnerabilities.

Cisco has released free software updates that address these vulnerabilities.

This advisory is posted at http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20021120-pix-vulnerability.

Affected Products

Vulnerable Products

All PIX Firewall units running the vulnerable releases and using the specific features are affected by these vulnerabilities.

DDTs—Description

Affected Release

CSCdv83490—While processing initial contact notify messages the PIX does not delete duplicate Internet Security Authentication Key Management Protocol Security Associations (ISAKMP SAs) with the peer.

6.0.3 and earlier

6.1.3 and earlier

CSCdx35823—Buffer overflow while doing HTTP traffic authentication using Terminal Access Controller Access Control System Plus (TACACS+) or Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS).

5.2.8 and earlier

6.0.3 and earlier

6.1.3 and earlier

6.2.1 and earlier

To determine your software revision, type show version at the command line prompt.

Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable

No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by these vulnerabilities.

Details

CSCdv83490

When a user establishes a VPN session upon successful peer and user authentication, the PIX creates an ISAKMP SA associating the user and his IP address.

If an attacker is now able to block the logged-in user's connection and establish a connection to the PIX using the same IP address as that of the user, he will be able to establish a VPN session with the PIX, using only peer authentication, provided he already has access to the peer authentication key also known as the group pre-shared key (PSK) or group password key.

CSCdx35823

A user starting a connection via FTP, Telnet, or over the World Wide Web (HTTP) is prompted for their user name and password. If the user name and password are verified by the designated TACACS+ or RADIUS authentication server, the PIX Firewall unit will allow further traffic between the authentication server and the connection to interact independently through the PIX Firewall unit's "cut-through proxy" feature.

The PIX may crash and reload due to a buffer overflow vulnerability while processing HTTP traffic requests for authentication using TACACS+ or RADIUS.

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These vulnerabilities are documented in the Bug Toolkit as Bug IDs CSCdv83490 and CSCdx35823, and can be viewed after 2002 November 21 at 1600 UTC. To access this tool, you must be a registered user and you must be logged in.

Vulnerability Scoring Details

Cisco has not provided scores for the vulnerabilities in this advisory based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).  At the time of original publication, CVSS scoring in Cisco security publications was not yet adopted.

Impact

This section describes the impact of this vulnerability.

DDTs—Description

Impact

CSCdv83490—While processing initial contact notify messages the PIX does not delete duplicate ISAKMP SA's with the peer.

This vulnerability can be exploited to initiate a Man-In-The-Middle attack for VPN sessions to the PIX.

CSCdx35823 - Buffer overflow while doing HTTP traffic authentication using TACACS+ or RADIUS.

This vulnerability can be exploited to initiate a Denial-of-Service attack.

Software Versions and Fixes

DDTs—Description

Fixed Releases

CSCdv83490—While processing initial contact notify messages the PIX does not delete duplicate ISAKMP SAs with the peer.

6.0.4 and later

6.1.4 and later

6.2.1 and later

CSCdx35823—Buffer overflow while doing HTTP traffic authentication using TACACS+ or RADIUS.

5.2.9 and later

6.0.4 and later

6.1.4 and later

6.2.2 and later

The procedure to upgrade to the fixed software version is detailed at http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/iaabu/pix/pix_sw/index.htm.

Workarounds

There are no workarounds for these vulnerabilities. The Cisco PSIRT recommends that affected users upgrade to a fixed software version of code.

Obtaining Fixed Software

Cisco has released free software updates that address these vulnerabilities. Prior to deploying software, customers should consult their maintenance provider or check the software for feature set compatibility and known issues specific to their environment.

Customers may only install and expect support for the feature sets they have purchased. By installing, downloading, accessing or otherwise using such software upgrades, customers agree to be bound by the terms of Cisco's software license terms found at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/warranty/English/EU1KEN_.html , or as otherwise set forth at Cisco.com Downloads at http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/sw-usingswc.shtml .

Do not contact psirt@cisco.com or security-alert@cisco.com for software upgrades

Customers with Service Contracts

Customers with contracts should obtain upgraded software through their regular update channels. For most customers, this means that upgrades should be obtained through the Software Center on Cisco's worldwide website at http://www.cisco.com.

Customers using Third Party Support Organizations

Customers whose Cisco products are provided or maintained through prior or existing agreements with third-party support organizations, such as Cisco Partners, authorized resellers, or service providers should contact that support organization for guidance and assistance with the appropriate course of action in regards to this advisory.

The effectiveness of any workaround or fix is dependent on specific customer situations, such as product mix, network topology, traffic behavior, and organizational mission. Due to the variety of affected products and releases, customers should consult with their service provider or support organization to ensure any applied workaround or fix is the most appropriate for use in the intended network before it is deployed.

Customers without Service Contracts

Customers who purchase direct from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco service contract, and customers who purchase through third-party vendors but are unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through their point of sale should acquire upgrades by contacting the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC). TAC contacts are as follows.

  • +1 800 553 2447 (toll free from within North America)
  • +1 408 526 7209 (toll call from anywhere in the world)
  • e-mail: tac@cisco.com

Customers should have their product serial number available and be prepared to give the URL of this notice as evidence of entitlement to a free upgrade. Free upgrades for non-contract customers must be requested through the TAC.

Refer to http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html for additional TAC contact information, including localized telephone numbers, and instructions and e-mail addresses for use in various languages.

Exploitation and Public Announcements

The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any malicious use of the vulnerabilities described in this advisory.

These vulnerabilities were reported to PSIRT by Cisco engineering and customers.

Status of this Notice: Final

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Distribution

This advisory is posted on Cisco's worldwide website at:

http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20021120-pix-vulnerability

In addition to worldwide web posting, a text version of this notice is clear-signed with the Cisco PSIRT PGP key and is posted to the following e-mail and Usenet news recipients.

  • cust-security-announce@cisco.com
  • first-teams@first.org
  • bugtraq@securityfocus.com
  • vulnwatch@vulnwatch.org
  • cisco@spot.colorado.edu
  • cisco-nsp@puck.nether.net
  • full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk
  • comp.dcom.sys.cisco@newsgate.cisco.com

Future updates of this advisory, if any, will be placed on Cisco's worldwide website, but may or may not be actively announced on mailing lists or newsgroups. Users concerned about this problem are encouraged to check the above URL for any updates.


Revision History

Revision 1.0

2002-Nov-20

Initial public release

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