Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20021211-osm-lc-ios
For Public Release 2002 December 11 16:00 UTC (GMT)
The Optical Service Module (OSM) Line Cards installed in Catalyst 6500
or Cisco 7600 chassis, and running Cisco IOS® Software Version 12.1(8)E and
higher are vulnerable to a Denial of Service upon receiving a specifically
constructed or corrupted packet from the local network.
Cisco has provided fixed software for this problem. The vulnerability
has been assigned Cisco Bug ID CSCdy29717.
The complete advisory will be available at
This section provides details on affected products.
The following products are affected only when they have OSM Line Cards
installed and running in conjunction with Cisco IOS Software Versions 12.1(8)E
Catalyst 6500 with Sup2/MSFC2 modules
No other releases of Cisco Catalyst hardware and software combinations
are affected by this vulnerability. No other Cisco products are affected by
This defect was introduced by CSCdv23236 in version Cisco IOS Software
Versions 12.1(8)E. When certain malformed datagrams arrive on the interface,
the packet forwarding engine specific to this line card rewrites the datagram
in such a way that legitimate information is overwritten resulting in the
interface ceasing to receive and forward further legitimate network traffic.
Because most networking devices typically drop the malformed datagrams,
the attack must occur from a locally attached network.
CSCdy29717 - Traffic forwarding stops due to packet
Cisco has provided scores for the vulnerabilities in this advisory based on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS). The CVSS scoring in this Security Advisory is done in accordance with CVSS version 2.0.
CVSS is a standards-based scoring method that conveys vulnerability severity and helps determine urgency and priority of response.
Cisco has provided a base and temporal score. Customers can then compute environmental scores to assist in determining the impact of the vulnerability in individual networks.
Cisco has provided an FAQ to answer additional questions regarding CVSS at
Cisco has also provided a CVSS calculator to help compute the environmental impact for individual networks at
This defect causes traffic forwarding to fail, resulting in a denial of
service. This can only be triggered from the local network and is not
propagated across networks by most layer 3 devices.
This vulnerability is repaired in version 12.1(13.5)E, and is available
for general download in version 12.1(13)E1 and 12.1(12c)E2, and will be
available going forward in all versions supporting this hardware combination,
specifically 12.1(14)E. The 12.2S train is not affected by this vulnerability,
as this particular hardware combination is not currently supported with the
No workarounds exist for this vulnerability. Cisco recommends upgrading
to repaired versions.
Cisco has made free software available to address this vulnerability
for affected customers. 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
or as otherwise set forth at Cisco.com Downloads at
Do not contact either "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com"
for software upgrades.
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
Customers whose Cisco products are provided or maintained through prior
or existing agreement 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 who purchase direct from Cisco but who do not hold a Cisco
service contract and customers who purchase through third-party vendors but are
unsuccessful at obtaining fixed software through their point of sale should get
their 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)
Have your product serial number available and give the URL of this
notice as evidence of your entitlement to a free upgrade. Free upgrades for
non-contract customers must be requested through the TAC.
for additional TAC contact information, including special localized telephone
numbers and instructions and e-mail addresses for use in various
The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any public announcements or malicious
use of the vulnerability described in this advisory.
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URL given above for any updates.
Initial public release.