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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switch ICMP Record Route Vulnerability
4 February 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switches
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2015-6398
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Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switch ICMP Record Route Vulnerability
2016 February 3 16:00 GMT
Base - 7.8
Cisco Bug IDs:
A vulnerability in the ICMP implementation in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series
Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Mode Switch could allow an
unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause the switch to reload, resulting in a
denial of service (DoS) condition.
The vulnerability is due to improper handling of an ICMP packet with the IPv4
Type 7 option for record route. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability
by sending an ICMP packet with the record route option to an interface on the
affected switch. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause a DoS condition
because the switch will reload each time the ICMP packet is received.
Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. A
workaround that addresses this vulnerability is available.
This advisory is available at the following link:
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switches running software versions prior to
release 11.0(1c) are vulnerable.
Products Confirmed Not Vulnerable
No other Cisco products are currently known to be affected by this
vulnerability. Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches and Cisco Application Policy
Infrastructure Controller (APIC) are not affected.
Indicators of Compromise
This vulnerability will cause the affected device to reload and write a core
file. Contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) to review the core
file and confirm whether the device has been compromised by this
The workaround for this vulnerability is to drop all ICMP packets and should
not be applied unless the device has been exploited by this vulnerability.
This workaround can be applied only when working with the Cisco TAC.
To apply the workaround, the administrator must log in as the root user on the
Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switch. The command iptables -I INPUT 1 -p
ICMP -j DROP will drop ICMP packets to the affected switch. The ICMP drop
action can be removed with the command iptables -D INPUT 1.
Cisco has released free software updates that address the vulnerability
described in this advisory. 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.
When considering software upgrades, customers are advised to consult the Cisco
Security Advisories and Responses archive at http://www.cisco.com/go/psirt and
review subsequent advisories to determine exposure and a complete upgrade
In all cases, customers should ensure that the devices to upgrade 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 Technical Assistance Center (TAC):
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.
The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switch ICMP Record Route Vulnerability is
fixed in versions 11.0(1c) and later. The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode
software can be downloaded from the Software Center on Cisco.com by visiting
http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html and choosing Downloads Home
> Products > Switches > Data Center Switches > Nexus 9000 Series Switches.
Exploitation and Public Announcements
The Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (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 investigation of a customer issue by the
Version Description Section Status Date
1.0 Initial public release. - Final 2016-February-03
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