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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0226 -- [NetBSD]
IPsec in IPv6 Denial of Service
29 February 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: NetBSD
Impact: Denial of Service
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NetBSD Security Advisory 2008-003
Topic: IPsec in IPv6 Denial of Service
Version: NetBSD-current: not affected
NetBSD 4.0: not affected
NetBSD 3.1: affected
NetBSD 3.0.*: affected
NetBSD 3.0: affected
NetBSD 2.1: affected
NetBSD 2.0.*: affected
NetBSD 2.0: affected
Severity: Remote denial of service
Fixed: NetBSD-3-1 branch: November 22, 2007
(3.1.2 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3-0 branch: November 22, 2007
(3.0.4 will include the fix)
NetBSD-3 branch: November 22, 2007
(3.2 will include the fix)
NetBSD-2-1 branch: December 01, 2007
NetBSD-2-0 branch: December 01, 2007
NetBSD-2 branch: December 01, 2007
A remote user can cause the system to panic by sending a crafted IPv6
packet to a system with an IPSEC enabled kernel.
This vulnerability has been assigned VU#110947 by CERT.
When processing an IPComp packet over IPv6 with an IPsec enabled kernel
an uninitialised pointer is referenced which results in a system panic.
Solutions and Workarounds
Only kernels compiled with the following option are vulnerable to this issue:
As a temporary workaround recompile the kernel with the above option
commented out. The default NetBSD GENERIC kernels do not have this
For all NetBSD versions, you need to obtain fixed kernel sources,
rebuild and install the new kernel, and reboot the system.
The fixed source may be obtained from the NetBSD CVS repository.
The following instructions briefly summarise how to upgrade your
kernel. In these instructions, replace:
ARCH with your architecture (from uname -m), and
KERNCONF with the name of your kernel configuration file.
To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install the kernel:
# cd src
# cvs update sys/netinet6/ipcomp_input.c
# ./build.sh kernel=KERNCONF
# mv /netbsd /netbsd.old
# cp sys/arch/ARCH/compile/obj/KERNCONF/netbsd /netbsd
# shutdown -r now
For more information on how to do this, see:
Takashi Sogabe of Internet Initiative Japan Inc. for reporting this issue.
2008-02-28 Initial release
Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at
Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at
http://www.NetBSD.org/ and http://www.NetBSD.org/Security/.
Copyright 2008, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Redistribution permitted only in full, unmodified form.
$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2008-003.txt,v 1.3 2008/02/28 19:27:42 adrianp Exp $
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