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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server SDP Over SIP
Denial of Service Vulnerability
15 June 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server
Publisher: Cisco Systems
Operating System: Cisco
VMware ESX Server
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2015-0772
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Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server SDP Over SIP Denial of Service
Threat Type: CWE-399: Resource Management Errors
IntelliShield ID: 39240
First Published: 2015 June 09 18:34 GMT
Last Published: 2015 June 09 18:34 GMT
Port: Not available
Urgency: Unlikely Use
Severity: Mild Damage
CVSS Base: 5.4
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal: 5.4
Version Summary: Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server contains a
vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a
denial of service condition. Updates are not available.
A vulnerability in the Session Description Protocol (SDP) parser of the Cisco
TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) could allow an unauthenticated,
remote attacker to cause the Cisco VCS device to become unreachable due to a
denial of service (DoS) attack caused by high CPU utilization.
The vulnerability is due to a parsing error in the SDP parameter negotiation
request. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by initiating an SDP
session over a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) connection to the Cisco VCS
device and sending a crafted SDP parameter negotiation request. A successful
exploit could allow the attacker to take the VCS device offline due to high
CPU utilization, resulting in a DoS condition.
Cisco has confirmed the vulnerability; however, software updates are not
At the time this alert was first published, Cisco TelePresence VCS version
X8.5RC4 was vulnerable. Later versions of Cisco TelePresence VCS may also be
To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to send a crafted SDP
parameter negotiation request to the targeted device. Depending on where the
targeted system resides in an environment, an attacker may need to bypass
firewall restrictions or other protection measures, which may reduce the
likelihood of a successful exploit.
Cisco has released bug ID CSCut42422 for registered users, which contains
additional details and an up-to-date list of affected product versions.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to
consume excessive amounts of CPU resources, resulting in a DoS condition.
The vulnerability is due to improper parsing of the SDP parameter negotiation
request by an affected device.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by
initiating an SDP session over a SIP connection to the targeted device and
sending a crafted SDP parameter negotiation request to the device. An exploit
could allow the attacker to take the device offline due to high CPU
utilization, resulting in a DoS condition.
Administrators are advised to contact the vendor regarding future updates and
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.
Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by
using a solid firewall strategy.
Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to
allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.
Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
Software updates are not available.
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.
Cisco Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) X8.5 RC4
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