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Cisco Security Advisory: CiscoWorks Internetwork Performance Monitor CORBA GIOP Overflow Vulnerability
Advisory ID: cisco-sa-20100120-ipm
For Public Release 2010 January 20 1600 UTC (GMT) +---------------------------------------------------------------------
CiscoWorks Internetwork Performance Monitor (IPM) versions 2.6 and earlier for Microsoft Windows operating systems contain a buffer overflow vulnerability that could allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code. There are no workarounds for this vulnerability.
This advisory is posted at:
Vulnerable Products +------------------
CiscoWorks IPM versions 2.6 and earlier for Windows operating systems are affected.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable +--------------------------------
CiscoWorks IPM version 2.x for Sun Solaris and CiscoWorks IPM version 4.x for Windows and Solaris operating systems are not affected. No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this vulnerability.
CiscoWorks IPM is a troubleshooting application that gauges network response time and availability. CiscoWorks IPM is available as a component within the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) bundle. CiscoWorks IPM versions 2.6 and earlier for Windows contain a buffer overflow vulnerability when processing Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) GIOP requests. By sending a crafted CORBA GIOP request, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to trigger the buffer overflow condition and execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges on affected Windows systems. This vulnerability is documented in Cisco Bug ID CSCsv62350 and has been assigned the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) CVE-2010-0138.
Vulnerability Scoring Details
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.
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CSCsv62350 - Malformed CORBA GIOP request causes crash
CVSS Base Score - 10 Access Vector - Network Access Complexity - Low Authentication - None Confidentiality Impact - Complete Integrity Impact - Complete Availability Impact - Complete
CVSS Temporal Score - 9.5 Exploitability - Functional Remediation Level - Unavailable Report Confidence - Confirmed
Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may result in the ability to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges on affected Windows systems.
Software Versions and Fixes
Ciscoworks IPM versions 2.6 and earlier for Windows contain a vulnerable third-party component that is no longer supported. Cisco is unable to provide updated software for affected CiscoWorks versions. Consult the "Obtaining Fixed Software" section of this advisory for instructions on how to address vulnerable systems.
There are no workarounds for this vulnerability. It is possible to mitigate this vulnerability by restricting network access to TCP ports on an affected Windows system running IPM versions 2.6 and earlier to trusted systems.
Additional mitigation techniques that can be deployed on Cisco devices within the network are available in the Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletin companion document for this advisory:
Obtaining Fixed Software
Ciscoworks IPM versions 2.6 and earlier for Windows contain a vulnerable third-party component that is no longer supported. Cisco is unable to provide updated software for affected CiscoWorks versions.
Customers with active software licenses for the IPM component of CiscoWorks versions 2.6 and earlier for Windows should send email to the following address for instructions on migrating to non-vulnerable software:
Exploitation and Public Announcements
The Cisco PSIRT is not aware of any public announcements or malicious use of the vulnerability described in this advisory.
This vulnerability was discovered and reported to Cisco by TippingPoint. Cisco would like to thank TippingPoint for reporting this vulnerability to us and for working with us on a coordinated disclosure.
Status of this Notice: FINAL
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