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Flood ACK packets cause an IBM SecureWay FireWall DoS
From: Mauro Flores <maflores () antel com uy>
Date: 09 Oct 2002 10:42:34 -0300

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Title: Flood ACK packets cause an IBM SecureWay FireWall DoS.

Released: 9th Oct 2002
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Vulnerable:
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- SecureWay 4.2.x on AIX

Overview:
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        SecureWay is a robust FireWall product developed by IBM who works over AIX
an Windows plataform. Is not a full fledged stateful packet filter, but more
like a stateful-inspection with connection-centric deterministic-filtering firewall.

There exists an stack problem with malformed TCP packets that can lead 
SecureWay to a DoS condition. To reach this condition a big band width is require.

Details:
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When an all zeroed flags TCP packets is sent to the SecureWay FireWall, this 
recognize the invalid packet only after a lot of procesing has been done. Because
of this, a flood of this forged packeges consumes a lot of resources and can lead
the IBM SecureWay FireWall to a deny of services condition.

To reach the DoS condition the flood must be over 2.8 Mbps, so this is more a
DDoS attack.

On servers running SecureWay, the standar AIX fix does not work.

Vendor Response:
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IBM was contacted on July 14, 2002. The vendedor confirm the problem and release 
a fix.

Corrective Action:
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Update to SecureWay Firewall 4.2.2 version or install APAR IR49046. 
ftp://testcase.software.ibm.com/aix/fromibm/firewall/fwaixfilter4_421d*

Vulnerability Reporting Policy:
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http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-christey-wysopal-vuln-disclosure-00.txt


Author: Mauro Flores (maflores () antel com uy)
        Guillermo Freire (gfreire () antel com uy)

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