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2020-10 Security Bulletin: Junos OS Evolved: Receipt of a specifically malformed NDP packet could lead to Denial of Service (CVE-2020-1681)

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Article ID: JSA11078 SECURITY_ADVISORIES Last Updated: 14 Oct 2020Version: 1.0
Product Affected:
This issue affects all versions of Junos OS Evolved.
Problem:

Receipt of a specifically malformed NDP packet sent from the local area network (LAN) to a device running Juniper Networks Junos OS Evolved can cause the ndp process to crash, resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS). The process automatically restarts without intervention, but a continuous receipt of the malformed NDP packets could leaded to an extended Denial of Service condition. During this time, IPv6 neighbor learning will be affected.

The issue occurs when parsing the incoming malformed NDP packet. Rather than simply discarding the packet, the process asserts, performing a controlled exit and restart, thereby avoiding any chance of an unhandled exception. Exploitation of this vulnerability is limited to a temporary denial of service, and cannot be leveraged to cause additional impact on the system.

This issue is limited to the processing of IPv6 NDP packets. IPv4 packet processing cannot trigger, and is unaffected by this vulnerability.

This issue affects all Juniper Networks Junos OS Evolved versions prior to 20.1R2-EVO.

Junos OS is unaffected by this vulnerability.

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

This issue was found during internal product security testing or research.

This issue has been assigned CVE-2020-1681.
 

Solution:

The following software releases have been updated to resolve this specific issue: Junos OS Evolved 20.1R2-EVO, 20.2R1-EVO, and all subsequent releases.

This issue is being tracked as 1494128.
 

Workaround:
There are no viable workarounds for this issue.
 
Implementation:
Software releases or updates are available for download at https://www.juniper.net/support/downloads/.
 
Modification History:
2020-10-14: Initial Publication

CVSS Score:
6.5 (CVSS:3.1/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
Severity Level:
Medium
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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