F5 Networks BIG-IP : glibc vulnerability (K16365)

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VPR Score: 4.4


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


The nss_dns implementation of getnetbyname in GNU C Library (aka glibc) before 2.21, when the DNS backend in the Name Service Switch configuration is enabled, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop) by sending a positive answer while a network name is being process. (CVE-2014-9402)


This vulnerability can only be exploited if you explicitly enable DNS for networks in the Name Service Switch Configuration file ( /etc/nsswitch.conf ). By default, the BIG-IP system does not have DNS enabled for networks in the Name Service Switch configuration and is not vulnerable. An attacker with local access and knowledge of how to make the glibc function trigger an exploit may be able to cause a denial of service (DoS).


Upgrade to one of the non-vulnerable versions listed in the F5 Solution K16365.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 119731

File Name: f5_bigip_SOL16365.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Published: 12/18/2018

Updated: 8/27/2020

Dependencies: f5_bigip_detect.nbin

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 4.4

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_application_security_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_access_policy_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_advanced_firewall_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_application_acceleration_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_global_traffic_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_link_controller:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_local_traffic_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_policy_enforcement_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_wan_optimization_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_webaccelerator:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:h:f5:big-ip_protocol_security_manager:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:h:f5:big-ip:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*, cpe:2.3:a:f5:big-ip_application_visibility_and_reporting:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Settings/ParanoidReport, Host/BIG-IP/hotfix, Host/BIG-IP/modules, Host/BIG-IP/version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/23/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/24/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9402

BID: 71670