A vulnerability in the DNS inspection handler of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition (DoS) on an affected device.
This vulnerability is due to a lack of proper processing of incoming requests. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted DNS requests at a high rate to an affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause the device to stop responding, resulting in a DoS condition.
Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
This advisory is available at the following link:
This advisory is part of the April 2022 release of the Cisco ASA, FTD, and FMC Security Advisory Bundled publication. For a complete list of the advisories and links to them, see Cisco Event Response: April 2022 Cisco ASA, FMC, and FTD Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication.
This vulnerability affects Cisco products if they are running a vulnerable release of Cisco ASA Software or FTD Software and have DNS inspection enabled.
For information about which Cisco software releases are vulnerable, see the Fixed Software section of this advisory.
Determine the DNS Inspection Configuration
Use the show running-config policy-map | include inspect dns command in the ASA or FTD device CLI to assess the DNS inspection configuration. The following example shows the output of the command on a device that has DNS inspection enabled:
asa# show running-config policy-map | include inspect dns inspect dns preset_dns_map
Alternatively, use the show service-policy | include dns command. The following example show the output of the command on a device that has DNS inspection enabled:
ciscoasa# show service-policy | include dns Inspect: dns preset_dns_map, packet 0, drop 0, reset-drop 0, v6-fail-close 0
With both commands, empty output indicates that DNS inspection is not enabled.
Note: DNS inspection is enabled by default.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
Only products listed in the Vulnerable Products section of this advisory are known to be affected by this vulnerability.
Cisco has confirmed that this vulnerability does not affect Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC) Software.
There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
Cisco has released free software updates that address the vulnerability described in this advisory. Customers with service contracts that entitle them to regular software updates should obtain security fixes through their usual update channels.
Customers may only install and expect support for software versions and feature sets for which they have purchased a license. By installing, downloading, accessing, or otherwise using such software upgrades, customers agree to follow the terms of the Cisco software license:
Additionally, customers may only download software for which they have a valid license, procured from Cisco directly, or through a Cisco authorized reseller or partner. In most cases this will be a maintenance upgrade to software that was previously purchased. Free security software updates do not entitle customers to a new software license, additional software feature sets, or major revision upgrades.
The Cisco Support and Downloads page on Cisco.com provides information about licensing and downloads. This page can also display customer device support coverage for customers who use the My Devices tool.
When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to regularly consult the advisories for Cisco products, which are available from the Cisco Security Advisories page, to determine exposure and a complete upgrade solution.
In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to be upgraded contain sufficient memory and confirm that current hardware and software configurations will continue to be supported properly by the new release. If the information is not clear, customers are advised to contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) or their contracted maintenance providers.
Customers Without Service Contracts
Customers who purchase directly from Cisco but do not hold a Cisco service contract and customers who make purchases through third-party vendors but are unsuccessful in obtaining fixed software through their point of sale should obtain upgrades by contacting the Cisco TAC: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/web/tsd-cisco-worldwide-contacts.html
Customers should have the product serial number available and be prepared to provide the URL of this advisory as evidence of entitlement to a free upgrade.
In the following table(s), the left column lists Cisco software releases. The center column indicates whether a release is affected by the vulnerability described in this advisory and the first release that includes the fix for this vulnerability. The right column indicates whether a release is affected by any of the Critical or High SIR vulnerabilities described in this bundle and which release includes fixes for those vulnerabilities.
Cisco ASA Software
Cisco ASA Software Release First Fixed Release for This Vulnerability First Fixed Release for All Vulnerabilities Described in the Bundle of Advisories 9.7 and earlier1 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 9.8 184.108.40.206 (June 2022) 220.127.116.11 (June 2022) 9.91 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 9.101 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 9.12 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 9.131 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 9.14 9.14.4 9.14.4 9.15 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 9.16 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 9.17 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124. Cisco ASA Software releases 9.7 and earlier as well as releases 9.9, 9.10, and 9.13 have reached end of software maintenance. Customers are advised to migrate to a supported release that includes the fix for this vulnerability.
Cisco FTD Software
Cisco FTD Software Release First Fixed Release for This Vulnerability First Fixed Release for All Vulnerabilities Described in the Bundle of Advisories 6.2.2 and earlier1 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 6.2.3 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 6.3.01 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 6.4.0 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 6.5.01 Migrate to a fixed release. Migrate to a fixed release. 6.6.0 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 6.7.0 Cisco_FTD_Hotfix_AA-18.104.22.168-2.sh.REL.tar
Migrate to a fixed release. 7.0.0 7.0.2 7.0.2 7.1.0 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199. Cisco FMC and FTD Software releases 6.2.2 and earlier, as well as releases 6.3.0 and 6.5.0, have reached end of software maintenance. Customers are advised to migrate to a supported release that includes the fix for this vulnerability.
For instructions on upgrading your FTD device, see Cisco Firepower Management Center Upgrade Guide.
The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) validates only the affected and fixed release information that is documented in this advisory.
The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability that is described in this advisory.
This vulnerability was found during internal security testing.
To learn about Cisco security vulnerability disclosure policies and publications, see the Security Vulnerability Policy. This document also contains instructions for obtaining fixed software and receiving security vulnerability information from Cisco.
Version Description Section Status Date 1.1 Updated ASA 9.8 first fixed release information. Fixed Software Final 2022-JUN-01 1.0 Initial public release. — Final 2022-APR-27
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