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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2016-6457

Severity Medium
Score 6.5/10

Summary

A vulnerability in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Platform Leaf Switches for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) could allow an unauthenticated, adjacent attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on the affected device. This vulnerability affects Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Leaf Switches (TOR) - ACI Mode and Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). More Information: CSCuy93241. Known Affected Releases: 11.2(2x) 11.2(3x) 11.3(1x) 11.3(2x) 12.0(1x). Known Fixed Releases: 11.2(2i) 11.2(2j) 11.2(3f) 11.2(3g) 11.2(3h) 11.2(3l) 11.3(0.236) 11.3(1j) 11.3(2i) 11.3(2j) 12.0(1r).

  • LOW
  • ADJACENT_NETWORK
  • NONE
  • UNCHANGED
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • HIGH

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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Advisory Timeline

  • Published