Cisco ONS 15454 Controller Card Denial of Service Vulnerability

ID CISCO-SA-20140408-CVE-2014-2140
Type cisco
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-04-08T17:36:31


A vulnerability in the code of the Cisco ONS 15454 Controller Cards could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause the control card to reset.

The vulnerability is due to improper instructions to reload the controller card. A CAL pipe fails to open when the file descriptors are exhausted during a FIN attack. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by launching a FIN attack at the control card. An exploit could allow the attacker to trigger the control card to reset.

Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability in a security notice and released software updates.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need access to trusted, internal networks to attempt a FIN attack at the control card on a targeted device. This access requirement may reduce the possibility of a successful exploit.

Cisco indicates through the CVSS score that functional exploit code exists; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.