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TUCoPS :: Linux :: Apps N-Z :: bt1724.txt

Quagga remote vulnerability





Summary:
--------

All versions of Quagga (and also GNU Zebra, from which Quagga was
forked) are vulnerable to a remotely triggerable denial of 
service.


Scope of vulnerability:
-----------------------

All versions of GNU Zebra and all versions of Quagga /prior/ to
0.96.4, where a daemon's vty, ie the telnet CLI, is accessible to
hostile parties.


Impact:
-------

Affected daemons can be made to crash by sending a malformed telnet
command.


Description:
------------

The vty layer, when processing the telnet sub-negotiation ends
marker, SE, does not check whether there is sub-negotiation in
progress, and hence will attempt to dereference a (typically) NULL
pointer causing the daemon to crash.


Workaround:
-----------

Restrict access to daemon's telnet CLI, by either configuring each
daemon's vty with an appropriate access-class and access-list, or by
some external firewalling application.

Alternatively, disable external vty access completely by removing the 
vty password (and restarting) or passing the '-P 0' parameters to the 
daemon.

Solution:
-----------

Quagga version 0.96.4 contains a fix for this bug. Alternatively, one 
can manually apply the fix to whichever sources one uses currently. 
(See the RedHat bugzilla entry referenced below for the fix).


Credits:
--------

Thanks to Jonny Robertson <jonny AT prophecy.net.nz> for finding
and reporting this bug and Jay Fenlason <fenlason AT redhat.com> for 
fixing the bug.


References:
----------

RedHat Advisory RHSA-2003:307-09, 
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2003-307.html

RedHat Bugzilla entry 107140,
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=107140

CAN-2003-0795


Footnote:
---------

The RedHat Advisory references a second vulnerability in GNU Zebra 
and Quagga, regarding the zebra daemon accepting netlink messages 
from any user. This vulnerability will be dealt with as soon as 
possible. 

regards,
-- 
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