Vulnerability Note VU#274760

Cisco IOS fails to properly process specially crafted IPv6 packets

Original Release date: 24 Jan 2007 | Last revised: 25 Jan 2008


Cisco IOS fails to properly process IPv6 packets with specially crafted routing headers. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute code, or create a denial-of-service condition.


Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a IP standard that is designed to replace the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). IPv6 Type 0 Routing headers can store multiple addresses and are processed by routers for generalized source routing.

Cisco IOS software contains a vulnerability that occurs when proccessing IPv6 Type 0 Routing headers. An attacker may be able to trigger this vulnerability by sending an IP packet with a speciallly crafted IPv6 Type 0 Routing header to a vulnerable system.

Cisco states that Type 2 Routing headers, commonly used in Mobile IPv6 implementations, cannot be used to trigger this vulnerability.

Note that a device with a configured IPv6 address accepting IPv6 packets that are tunneled over an IPv4 connection may also be vulnerable.


A remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on an affected device, or create a denial of service condition.


See the Software Version and Fixes section of Cisco Security Advisory 20070124 for information on available upgrades.

Restrict Access

Restricitng public access to vulnerable systems or blocking IPv6 packets with Type 0 Routing headers by implementing management VLANs or Access Control Lists may mitigate this vulnerability. Note that networks not using mobile IPv6 can filter all packets that contain Routing headers.

Disable Services

Disabling IPv6 functionality on devices using IPv4 may prevent this vulnerability from being exploited.

For more information about these and other workarounds, see the workarounds section of Cisco Security Advisory 20070124 and Cisco PSIRT Document 81722.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Cisco Systems, Inc.Affected-24 Jan 2007
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Thanks to Cisco for information used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 24 Jan 2007
  • Date First Published: 24 Jan 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 25 Jan 2008
  • Severity Metric: 5.94
  • Document Revision: 26


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