Vulnerability Note VU#229804

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol does not specify unique LSA lookup identifiers

Original Release date: 01 Aug 2013 | Last revised: 06 Dec 2013


The Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol does not specify unique Link State Advertisement (LSA) lookup identifiers, which allow an attacker to intercept traffic or conduct a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.


CWE-694: Use of Multiple Resources with a Duplicate Identifier

The OSPF protocol requires LSA's to be identified by: LS Type, Advertising Router, and Link State ID. However, during the routing table calculation phase, the specification states that a LSA is queried in the LSA database
using only the Link State ID. Since the Link State ID is used in the LSA database to identify a particular router, a malformed duplicate entry can cause unexpected and insecure implementation-specific behavior.

In some implementations, the vulnerability can allow an attacker to subvert the routing table of victim router by sending false link state advertisements on behalf of other routers. This subversion can cause the victim router
to drop the entire table (denial of service) or to re-route traffic on the network.


This vulnerability can allow an attacker to re-route traffic, compromising the confidentiality of the data, or to conduct a denial-of-service attack against a router, dropping all traffic.


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The OSPF protocol is a popular interior routing protocol that is used by many devices and manufacturers. This vulnerability is implementation-specific, so some vendors may not be affected. The list below contains known affected or non-affected vendors. Please consult your network equipment vendor to confirm how they are affected by this vulnerability.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
BrocadeAffected13 Jun 201305 Aug 2013
Check Point Software TechnologiesAffected28 May 201316 Oct 2013
Cisco Systems, Inc.Affected22 May 201305 Aug 2013
D-Link Systems, Inc.Affected28 May 201305 Aug 2013
Enterasys NetworksAffected28 May 201319 Aug 2013
Extreme NetworksAffected28 May 201330 Jul 2013
IBM CorporationAffected28 May 201305 Aug 2013
Juniper Networks, Inc.Affected10 May 201303 Dec 2013
NEC CorporationAffected28 May 201310 Sep 2013
Oracle CorporationAffected28 May 201316 Oct 2013
VyattaAffected10 May 201305 Aug 2013
Yamaha CorporationAffected28 May 201305 Aug 2013
ACME PacketNot Affected28 May 201318 Jul 2013
Buffalo IncNot Affected30 May 201312 Sep 2013
eSoft, Inc.Not Affected28 May 201330 Jul 2013
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.View More »

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base 5.4 AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 4.2 E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 5.1 CDP:MH/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:H



Thanks to Dr. Gabi Nakibly for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Chris King.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2013-0149
  • Date Public: 01 Aug 2013
  • Date First Published: 01 Aug 2013
  • Date Last Updated: 06 Dec 2013
  • Document Revision: 58


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