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HistoryJun 19, 2019 - 12:00 a.m.

K35421172 : Excess resource consumption due to low MSS values vulnerability CVE-2019-11479

2019-06-1900:00:00
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7.5 High

CVSS3

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

NONE

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

6.2 Medium

AI Score

Confidence

High

5 Medium

CVSS2

Access Vector

NETWORK

Access Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

PARTIAL

AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

0.974 High

EPSS

Percentile

99.9%

Security Advisory Description

Jonathan Looney discovered that the Linux kernel default MSS is hard-coded to 48 bytes. This allows a remote peer to fragment TCP resend queues significantly more than if a larger MSS were enforced. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service. This has been fixed in stable kernel releases 4.4.182, 4.9.182, 4.14.127, 4.19.52, 5.1.11, and is fixed in commits 967c05aee439e6e5d7d805e195b3a20ef5c433d6 and 5f3e2bf008c2221478101ee72f5cb4654b9fc363. (CVE-2019-11479)

The Linux kernel is vulnerable to a flaw that allows attackers sending crafted packets with low maximum segment size (MSS) values to trigger excessive resource consumption.

Impact

BIG-IP

The BIG-IP system has no exposure to this vulnerability within the Traffic Management Microkernel (TMM), including virtual servers and virtual IP addresses (also known as the data plane). However, the BIG-IP system is vulnerable via the self IP addresses and the management interface (also known as the control plane). A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial of service (DoS) by sending a sequence of specially crafted TCP packets.

Backend systems accessed via a FastL4 virtual server

By its nature as a full-proxy, the BIG-IP system protects backend systems accessed through a standard virtual server, as any attacker’s TCP connection would be terminated at the BIG-IP system. However, backend systems accessed via a FastL4 virtual server (a virtual server configured with a FastL4 profile) are exposed by default as the attack traffic is forwarded as-is to the backend system.

Traffix SDC

A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to cause a DoS by sending a sequence of specially crafted TCP packets.

7.5 High

CVSS3

Attack Vector

NETWORK

Attack Complexity

LOW

Privileges Required

NONE

User Interaction

NONE

Scope

UNCHANGED

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

HIGH

CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

6.2 Medium

AI Score

Confidence

High

5 Medium

CVSS2

Access Vector

NETWORK

Access Complexity

LOW

Authentication

NONE

Confidentiality Impact

NONE

Integrity Impact

NONE

Availability Impact

PARTIAL

AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

0.974 High

EPSS

Percentile

99.9%