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


Severity High
Score 7.1/10


Race condition in the cut-through proxy feature in Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM) Software 3.x before 3.2(28) and 4.x before 4.1(15) allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device reload) via certain matching traffic, aka Bug ID CSCuj16824.

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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

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