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[security bulletin] SSRT4696 rev. 0 HP ProCurve Routing Switches TCP Denial of Service (DoS)


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SSRT4696 rev.0 HP ProCurve Routing Switches TCP
Denial of Service (DoS)

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HP Software Security Response Team

REFERENCES: NISCC 236929, CAN-2004-0230, TA04-111A

A potential security vulnerability has been identified with HP
ProCurve Routing Switches running TCP where the vulnerability
could be exploited remotely to create a Denial of Service (DoS).

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9315M, 9308M, and 9304M and all managed
HP EtherTwist, HP AdvanceStack and HP ProCurve devices.

This information is applicable for the following security
vulnerability alerts:

NISCC Vulnerability Advisory 236929 - Vulnerability Issues in TCP

US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA04-111A Vulnerabilities
in TCP

CVE name CAN-2004-0230

The industry standard TCP specification (RFC793) has a
vulnerability whereby established TCP connections can be reset by
an attacker. The TCP stack that is part of the software used in
managed HP EtherTwist, HP AdvanceStack and HP ProCurve devices is
in conformance with this specification, and therefore contains
this potential vulnerability. The TCP connections that are
affected due to this situation are only those terminating on
these devices, not those passing through these devices.

HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9315M, 9308M, and 9304M which have BGP
functionality can experience a Denial of Service, the duration of
which would be the time needed by the device to rebuild routing

TCP sessions, including Telnet, SSH, SFTP and HTTP on all managed
HP EtherTwist, HP AdvanceStack and HP ProCurve devices may be
disconnected without warning. TCP sessions that have been
disconnected can be re-established.

For the HP ProCurve Routing Switch 9315M, 9308M, and 9304M, the
BGP technology can be protected by using the MD5 hash protection
feature. HP recommends that our BGP customers implement MD5
protection as soon as possible to protect their connections
against this type of attack.

Other managed HP EtherTwist, HP AdvanceStack and HP ProCurve
devices are generally not impacted as TCP sessions that were
disconnected can be re-established.

As a good practice, HP recommends the appropriate inactivity
timeout feature on the device for each type of TCP session be
implemented. TCP sessions include Telnet, SSH, SFTP and HTTP.

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    3rd party, MP=HP-MPE/iX, NS=HP NonStop Servers, OV=HP OpenVMS,
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    TL=Trusted Linux, UX=HP-UX, VV=Virtual Vault

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