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2020-10 Security Bulletin: Junos OS and Junos OS Evolved: RPD crash due to BGP session flapping. (CVE-2020-1662)



Article ID: JSA11059 SECURITY_ADVISORIES Last Updated: 29 Oct 2020Version: 2.0
Product Affected:
This issue affects Junos OS 17.2, 17.3, 17.4, 18.1, 18.2, 18.2X75, 18.3, 18.4, 19.1, 19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 20.1. This issue affects Junos OS Evolved 19.4-EVO, 20.1-EVO.

On Juniper Networks Junos OS and Junos OS Evolved devices, BGP session flapping can lead to a routing process daemon (RPD) crash and restart, limiting the attack surface to configured BGP peers.

This issue only affects devices with BGP damping in combination with accepted-prefix-limit configuration.

When the issue occurs the following messages will appear in the /var/log/messages:

rpd[6046]: %DAEMON-4-BGP_PREFIX_THRESH_EXCEEDED: XXXX (External AS x): Configured maximum accepted prefix-limit threshold(1800) exceeded for inet6-unicast nlri: 1984 (instance master)
rpd[6046]: %DAEMON-3-BGP_CEASE_PREFIX_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: 2001:x:x:x::2 (External AS x): Shutting down peer due to exceeding configured maximum accepted prefix-limit(2000) for inet6-unicast nlri: 2001 (instance master)
rpd[6046]: %DAEMON-4: bgp_rt_maxprefixes_check_common:9284: NOTIFICATION sent to 2001:x:x:x::2 (External AS x): code 6 (Cease) subcode 1 (Maximum Number of Prefixes Reached) AFI: 2 SAFI: 1 prefix limit 2000
kernel: %KERN-5: mastership_relinquish_on_process_exit: RPD crashed on master RE. Sending SIGUSR2 to chassisd (5612:chassisd) to trigger RE switchover

This issue affects:

Juniper Networks Junos OS:

  • 17.2R3-S3;
  • 17.3 version 17.3R3-S3 and later versions, prior to 17.3R3-S8;
  • 17.4 version 17.4R2-S4, 17.4R3 and later versions, prior to 17.4R2-S10, 17.4R3-S2;
  • 18.1 version 18.1R3-S6 and later versions, prior to 18.1R3-S10;
  • 18.2 version 18.2R3 and later versions, prior to 18.2R3-S4;
  • 18.2X75 version 18.2X75-D50, 18.2X75-D60 and later versions, prior to 18.2X75-D53, 18.2X75-D65;
  • 18.3 version 18.3R2 and later versions, prior to 18.3R2-S4, 18.3R3-S2;
  • 18.4 version 18.4R2 and later versions, prior to 18.4R2-S5, 18.4R3-S2;
  • 19.1 version 19.1R1 and later versions, prior to 19.1R2-S2, 19.1R3-S1;
  • 19.2 version 19.2R1 and later versions, prior to 19.2R1-S5, 19.2R2;
  • 19.3 versions prior to 19.3R2-S3, 19.3R3;
  • 19.4 versions prior to 19.4R1-S3, 19.4R2;
  • 20.1 versions prior to 20.1R1-S2, 20.1R2.

Juniper Networks Junos OS Evolved prior to 20.1R2-EVO.

This issue does not affect Juniper Networks Junos OS versions prior to 17.2R3-S3.

The example of the configuration stanza affected by this issue is as follows:

[protocols bgp damping]

used in combination with accepted-prefix-limit configuration:

[protocols bgp ... accepted-prefix-limit]

Juniper SIRT is not aware of any malicious exploitation of this vulnerability.

This issue was seen during production usage.

This issue has been assigned CVE-2020-1662.


The following software releases have been updated to resolve this specific issue:

Junos OS: 17.2R3-S4, 17.3R3-S8, 17.3R3-S9, 17.4R2-S10, 17.4R3-S2, 18.1R3-S10, 18.2R3-S4, 18.2X75-D53, 18.2X75-D65, 18.3R2-S4, 18.3R3-S2, 18.4R2-S5, 18.4R3-S2, 19.1R2-S2, 19.1R3-S1, 19.2R1-S5, 19.2R2, 19.3R2-S3, 19.3R3, 19.4R1-S3, 19.4R2, 20.1R1-S2, 20.1R2, 20.2R1, and all subsequent releases.

Junos OS Evolved: 20.1R2-EVO, and all subsequent releases.

This issue is being tracked as 1490079.


There are multiple workarounds that can be applied to prevent this issue:

1. Disable BGP router flap damping.

2. Replace "accepted-prefix-limit" with "prefix-limit" in the BGP configuration, for example:

   [edit protocols bgp group $ neighbor $ family $ unicast]
   + prefix-limit {
   - accepted-prefix-limit {

3. Make sure that the BGP session idle-timeout is longer than damping max-suppress time.

   In other words, by the time a peer is eligible to establish BGP session again, no previously advertised prefixes remain suppressed.

   The BGP session idle time out is configured under:

  [protocols bgp damping ... teardown <TEARDOWN_VALUE> idle-timeout <IDLE_TIMEOUT_VALUE>]

   The BGP damping max-suppress time configured under:

  [protocol bgp damping... max-suppress <MAX_SUPPRES_VALUE>]

   The <IDLE_TIMEOUT_VALUE> needs to be higher than <MAX_SUPPRES_VALUE>

Software releases or updates are available for download at
Modification History:
2020-10-14: Initial Publication.
CVSS Score:
7.5 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
Severity Level:
Severity Assessment:
Information for how Juniper Networks uses CVSS can be found at KB 16446 "Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and Juniper's Security Advisories."

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