Cisco Systems - Vulnerability in CDP

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2001-10-10T00:00:00



This is not a Cisco security advisory.

There is a vulnerability in how Cisco routers are handling CDP. By sending a large amount of CDP neighbor announcements it is possible to consume all available router's memory. That will cause a crash or some other abnormal behavior. This vulnerability is assigned a Cisco bug ID CSCdu09909. You can see details of it if you have a valid CCO account. This vulnerability was discovered by

In order to trigger this vulnerability an attacker must be on the same segment as the target router. This vulnerability can not be exploited over the Internet unless an attacker has a helper program already planted on the internal network.

The workaround for this vulnerability is to disable CDP. In order to disable CDP for the whole router execute the following global command:

Router# configure terminal Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z. Router(config)# no cdp run

Alternatively, CDP can be disabled on a particular interface. This can be done using the following commands:

Router# configure terminal Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z. Router(config)# interface Ethernet0 Router(config-if)# no cdp enable

In this particular case we advise all customers to disable CDP for the whole router.

This vulnerability has ben fixed in the following interim images:

12.2(3.6)B 12.2(4.1)S 12.2(3.6)PB 12.2(3.6)T 12.1(10.1) 12.2(3.6)

All higher IOS releases should contain this fix.

Please note that interim images are built at regular intervals between maintenance releases and receives less testing. Interims should be selected only if there is no other suitable release that addresses the vulnerability, and interim images should be upgraded to the next available maintenance release as soon as possible. Interim releases are not available via manufacturing, and usually they are not available for customer download from CCO without prior arrangement with the Cisco TAC.

We would like to thank Phenoelit on his co-operation on this issue.


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