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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) Software in ASA 5500-X IPS-SSP software modules before 7.1(7)sp1E4 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (Analysis Engine process hang or device reload) via fragmented (1) IPv4 or (2) IPv6 packets, aka Bug ID CSCue51272.

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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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