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2021-10 Security Bulletin: Junos OS and Junos OS Evolved: RPD core upon receipt of specific BGP update (CVE-2021-31353)



Article ID: JSA11218 SECURITY_ADVISORIES Last Updated: 13 Oct 2021Version: 1.0
Product Affected:
This issue affects specific versions of Junos OS and Junos OS Evolved (see below).

An Improper Handling of Exceptional Conditions vulnerability in Juniper Networks Junos OS and Junos OS Evolved allows an attacker to inject a specific BGP update, causing the routing protocol daemon (RPD) to crash and restart, leading to a Denial of Service (DoS).

Continued receipt and processing of the BGP update will create a sustained Denial of Service (DoS) condition.

This issue affects very specific versions of Juniper Networks Junos OS:

  • 19.3R3-S2;
  • 19.4R3-S3;
  • 20.2 versions 20.2R2-S3 and later, prior to 20.2R3-S2;
  • 20.3 versions 20.3R2 and later, prior to 20.3R3;
  • 20.4 versions 20.4R2 and later, prior to 20.4R3;
  • 21.1 versions prior to 21.1R2.

Juniper Networks Junos OS 20.1 is not affected by this issue.

This issue also affects Juniper Networks Junos OS Evolved:

  • All versions prior to 20.4R2-S3-EVO, 20.4R3-EVO;
  • 21.1-EVO versions prior to 21.1R2-EVO;
  • 21.2-EVO versions prior to 21.2R2-EVO.

This issue can occur when multipath is enabled:

routing-instance <vrf> routing-options multipath

and one of the following two TTL propagation options (but not both) are enabled:

protocols mpls no-propagate-ttl
routing-instance <vrf> no-vrf-propagate-ttl

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-2021-31353.


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

Junos OS 18.4R2-S9, 19.1R3-S7, 19.3R3-S3, 19.4R1-S4, 19.4R3-S4, 20.1R3, 20.2R3-S2, 20.3R3, 20.4R3, 21.1R2, 21.2R1, 21.2R2, 21.3R1, and all subsequent releases.

Junos OS Evolved 20.4R2-S3-EVO, 20.4R3-EVO, 21.1R2-EVO, 21.2R2-EVO, 21.3R1-EVO, and all subsequent releases.

Note: Only those releases listed in the PROBLEM section above are affected. This fix has also been proactively committed into other releases that are not vulnerable to this issue.

This issue is being tracked as 1595165.


This issue can be mitigated in two ways:

  1. ensure that TTL propagation is either enabled or disabled in both places below:
    protocols mpls no-propagate-ttl
    routing-instance <vrf> no-vrf-propagate-ttl

  2. Disable multipath:
    routing-instance <vrf> routing-options multipath
Software releases or updates are available for download at
Modification History:
2021-10-13: 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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