A vulnerability in the native passthrough FTP functionality of the Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a partial denial of service (DoS) condition due to high CPU utilization.

The vulnerability occurs when the FTP client terminates the FTP control connection when the data transfer is complete. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by initiating FTP connections through the WSA. An exploit could allow the attacker to cause high CPU utilization of the Cisco WSA proxy process, causing a partial DoS condition. The attacker’s choice of FTP client and how that client closes the FTP control connection will affect the attacker’s ability to exploit this vulnerability.

Cisco has released software updates that address this vulnerability. There is a workaround that mitigates this vulnerability.

This advisory is available at the following link: http://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20151130-wsa

Leave a Reply