Vulnerability Note VU#967236

Sun Solaris fails to properly process ICMP packets

Original Release date: 31 Jan 2007 | Last revised: 07 Feb 2007


Sun Solaris fails to properly handle ICMP packets, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to cause a denial of service.


Sun Solaris 10 contains an unspecified error that can cause a system panic when handling a specially crafted ICMP packet. Note that Solaris 8 and 9 are not affected by this issue.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to create a denial-of-service condition by causing a system panic on a vulnerable Sun Solaris system.


Apply a patch

This issue is addressed by patch 118833-28 for Solaris 10 on SPARC systems, and patch 118855-28 for Solaris 10 on x86 systems. More details are available in SunSolve Alert 102697.

Filter ICMP traffic

This vulnerability can be mitigated by filtering ICMP traffic at the network perimeter and by filtering ICMP at the host level, such as with ipfilter.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Sun Microsystems, Inc.Affected-31 Jan 2007
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Thanks to Sun for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 31 Jan 2007
  • Date First Published: 31 Jan 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 07 Feb 2007
  • Severity Metric: 2.41
  • Document Revision: 8


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