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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 9.3/10


Buffer overflow in the Cisco Port Forwarder ActiveX control in cscopf.ocx, as distributed through the Clientless VPN feature on Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) 5500 series devices with software 7.0 through 7.2 before 7.2(5.6), 8.0 before 8.0(5.26), 8.1 before 8.1(2.53), 8.2 before 8.2(5.18), 8.3 before 8.3(2.28), 8.2 before 8.4(2.16), and 8.6 before 8.6(1.1), allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors, aka Bug ID CSCtr00165.

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CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.


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