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Flood ACK packets cause AIX DoS
From: Mauro Flores <maflores () antel com uy>
Date: 09 Oct 2002 10:43:45 -0300

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Title: Flood ACK packets cause AIX DoS.

Released: 9th Oct 2002
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Vulnerable:
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- AIX version 4.3.3 with any ML
- AIX 5

Overview:
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        AIX is a unix operating sistem developed by IBM distributed with
a wide models of IBM hardware.

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

Details:
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AIX has a pool of memory buffers known as mbuf, this buffers are used to manage
the incoming and outbound network traffic.  A flood of TCP packets with all flags
off makes the AIX to fail in releasing the mbufs, an result in a 100% of CPU 
consume or even crash the system. 
To reach the DoS condition the flood must be over 2.8 Mbps, so this is more a
DDoS attack.

Vendor Response:
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IBM was reported on March 18, 2002. The vendedor confirm the problem and release 
a fix.

Corrective Action:
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Apply APAR IV31641 

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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