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Re: Three possible DoS attacks against some IOS versions.
From: "Big Poop" <ste0000 () hotmail com>
Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 13:41:25 +0100
a bit of source code i wrote a couple of month as proof of concept for the
HSRP DoS..... needs libpcap installed to sniff the packets to get the
authentication details + various other stuff. Spoofed packets are then send
to the multicast address informing the group that there is a new router (the
hackers machine / fake IP address) that has the top priority 255 thus
pre-empting the active router and causing a DoS
the prog runs on linux and was tested on mandrake 8
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an excerpt form RFC 2281 - Cisco HSRP
7. Security Considerations
This protocol does not provide security. The authentication field
found within the message is useful for preventing misconfiguration.
The protocol is easily subverted by an active intruder on the LAN.
This can result in a packet black hole and a denial-of-service
attack. It is difficult to subvert the protocol from outside the
LAN as most routers will not forward packets addressed to the
all-routers multicast address (126.96.36.199).
Cisco is considering using MD5 to improve the protection of HSRP in
future releases of IOS.
However, there are some other factors that must be considered in
- - this vulnerability can be exploited only from the local segment
(not over the Internet).
- - the same effect, denial of service, can be produced by using ARP,
which can not be protected in any way.
The last factor is especially important since it may cause a false
sense of security if the user is using a hardened version of HSRP as an
attacker can still disrupt the network by using crafted ARP packets.
Another aspect of this issue is that in its current implementation, HSRP
doesn't seem to perform a validity check on the IP addresses. This is
under active investigation as Cisco Bug ID CSCdu38323.
Cisco HSRP documentation can be found at -
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