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Concurrent Execution using Shared Resource with Improper Synchronization ('Race Condition')


Severity Medium
Score 5.4/10


Cisco IOS 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 15.0, and 15.1, when the data-link switching (DLSw) feature is configured, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device crash) by sending a sequence of malformed packets and leveraging a "narrow timing window," aka Bug ID CSCtf74999, a different vulnerability than CVE-2007-0199, CVE-2008-1152, and CVE-2009-0629.

  • HIGH
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE

CWE-362 - Race Condition

A race condition occurs in a shared memory program when two threads/processes access the same shared memory data, and at least one thread executes a write operation. This vulnerability manipulates the time to check vs. time to use (TOC/TOU) gap between the threads in the critical section to cause disorientation in the shared data. The impact can vary from compromising the confidentiality of the system to causing the system to crash or to execute arbitrary code.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published