Cisco IOS ARP Table Overwrite DoS (CSCdu81936)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 10984


The remote device is missing a vendor-supplied security patch.


It is possible to send an Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) packet on a local broadcast interface (for example, Ethernet, cable, Token Ring, FDDI) which could cause a router or switch running specific versions of Cisco IOS Software Release to stop sending and receiving ARP packets on the local router interface. This will, in a short time, cause the router and local hosts to be unable to send packets to each other. ARP packets received by the router for the router's own interface address but a different Media Access Control (MAC) address will overwrite the router's MAC address in the ARP table with the one from the received ARP packet. This was demonstrated to attendees of the Black Hat conference and should be considered to be public knowledge. This attack is only successful against devices on the segment local to the attacker or attacking host.
This vulnerability is documented in Cisco Bug ID CSCdu81936.

A local attacker may use this flaw to prevent your network from working properly.


Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 10984

File Name: CSCdu81936.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: local

Family: CISCO

Published: 6/5/2002

Updated: 6/27/2018

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:cisco:ios

Required KB Items: SNMP/sysDesc, SNMP/community, CISCO/model

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/15/2001

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2001-0895

BID: 3547