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(NetBSD Issues Fix) KAME IPv6 Stack Can Be Crashed By Remote Users Sending an IPv6 Packet Containing an IPComp Header
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019530
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0177   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 29 2008
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, and 3.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the KAME IPv6 Stack. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions.

A remote user can send an IPv6 packet with an IPComp header to cause the target service to crash.

Shoichi Sakane of the KAME project reported this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

Apple Mac OS X xnu is also affected. A demonstration exploit from mu-b of is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can cause the target system to crash.
Solution:   NetBSD has released a fix. NetBSD kernels compiled with the 'options IPSEC' option are affected.

The NetBSD advisory is available at:

Cause:   State error

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Feb 7 2008 KAME IPv6 Stack Can Be Crashed By Remote Users Sending an IPv6 Packet Containing an IPComp Header

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  NetBSD Security Advisory 2008-003: IPsec in IPv6 Denial of Service

Hash: SHA1

		 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.

Technical Details

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:

	options IPSEC

As a temporary workaround recompile the kernel with the above option 
commented out.  The default NetBSD GENERIC kernels do not have this
option enabled.

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
	# ./ 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:

Thanks To

Takashi Sogabe of Internet Initiative Japan Inc. for reporting this issue.

Revision History

	2008-02-28	Initial release

More Information

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 and

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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