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Cisco has fixed updates to address flaws in its IP telephony software and router hardware that create a means to conduct denial of service attacks against vulnerable systems. Neither flaw is particularly easy to exploit but both merit attention.

Security weaknesses in various flavours of Cisco CallManager 3.x and 4.x create a means to consume a large amount of memory and CPU resources via multiple open connections to port 2000. A separate flaw in the processing of connections to ports 2001, 2002, and 7727 might force Cisco CallManager to reboot.

Cisco has released updates as explained in its advisory here. A separate update, also issued this week, resolves a privilege escalation flaw in CallManager.

Meanwhile flaws have emerged in Cisco's core IOS software that might be exploited by hackers to crash vulnerable systems running Cisco IOS 12.x. The flaw stems from errors in handling the SGBP protocol (Stack Group Bidding Protocol).

As a result malicious UDP datagrams sent to port 9900 can cause routers to become tied up, triggering a hardware reset. The vuln affects Cisco network devices running vulnerable versions of IOS providing support for the SGBP protocol has been enabled, which won't always be the case.

Cisco has released an advisory which explains how users can get updates. ®

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