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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


The Protocol Translation (PT) functionality in Cisco IOS 12.3 through 12.4 and 15.0 through 15.3, when one-step port-23 translation or a Telnet-to-PAD ruleset is configured, does not properly validate TCP connection information, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device reload) via an attempted connection to a PT resource, aka Bug ID CSCtz35999.

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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.


Advisory Timeline

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