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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0065 -- [Cisco]
Cisco VTP Vulnerability
31 January 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: VLAN Trunking Protocol
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Platform: Cisco 2900XL Series Switches
Cisco 2950 Series Switches
Cisco 2955 Series Switches
Cisco 3500XL Series Switches
Cisco 3550 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches
Impact: Denial of Service
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An issue has been reported to the Cisco PSIRT involving malformed VLAN
Trunking Protocol (VTP) packets. This attack may cause the target
device to reload, causing a Denial of Service (DoS).
Such an attack must be executed on a local ethernet segment, and the
VTP domain name must be known to the attacker. Additionally, these
attacks must be executed against a switch port that is configured for
trunking. Non-trunk access ports are not affected.
This issue is tracked as Cisco Bug ID CSCsa67294.
The VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) is a Layer 2 protocol that manages
the addition, deletion, and renaming of VLANS on a network-wide basis
in order to maintain VLAN configuration consistency.
VTP packets are exchanged by VLAN-aware switches. For more information
on VTP, consult the following link:
Upon receiving a malformed VTP packet, certain devices may reload. The
attack could be executed repeatedly causing a extended Denial of
In order to successfully exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must
know the VTP domain name, as well as send the malformed VTP packet to
a port on the switch configured for trunking.
This does not affect switch ports that are configured for voice
vlans. A complete Inter-Switch Link (ISL) or 802.1q trunk port is
required for the device to be vulnerable.
These platforms are affected:
* Cisco 2900XL Series Switches
* Cisco 2950 Series Switches
* Cisco 2955 Series Switches
* Cisco 3500XL Series Switches
* Cisco 3550 Series Switches
* Cisco 3750 Series Switches
No other Cisco products are known to be vulnerable to this issue.
This issue was made public on 26-Jan-2007 on the Full-Disclosure and
Bugtraq mailing lists. The Cisco bug ID CSCsa67294 was made available
to registered customers in May of 2005.
We would like to thank David Barroso Berrueta and Alfredo Andres
Omella for reporting this vulnerability to us. You can find their
release here: http://www.s21sec.com/es/avisos/s21sec-034-en.txt.
We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with researchers on
security vulnerabilities and welcome the opportunity to review and
assist in security vulnerability reports against Cisco products.
In order to mitigate your exposure, ensure that only known, trusted
devices are connected to ports configured for ISL or 802.1q trunking.
More information on securing L2 networks can be found in the Cisco
SAFE Layer 2 Security document at this location:
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| Revision 1.0 | 2007-January-29 | Initial public release |
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