Debian DSA-2493-1 : asterisk - denial of service

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59771

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VPR Score: 3.6


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Several vulnerabilities were discovered in Asterisk, a PBX and telephony toolkit.

- CVE-2012-2947 The IAX2 channel driver allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (daemon crash) by placing a call on hold (when a certain mohinterpret setting is enabled).

- CVE-2012-2948 The Skinny channel driver allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and daemon crash) by closing a connection in off-hook mode.

In addition, it was discovered that Asterisk does not set the alwaysauthreject option by default in the SIP channel driver. This allows remote attackers to observe a difference in response behavior and check for the presence of account names. (CVE-2011-2666 ) System administrators concerned by this user enumerating vulnerability should enable the alwaysauthreject option in the configuration. We do not plan to change the default setting in the stable version (Asterisk 1.6) in order to preserve backwards compatibility.


Upgrade the asterisk packages.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), this problem has been fixed in version 1:

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59771

File Name: debian_DSA-2493.nasl

Version: 1.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/06/29

Updated: 2020/03/12

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 3.6

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4

Temporal Score: 3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:asterisk, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:6.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-2947, CVE-2012-2948

BID: 53722, 53723

DSA: 2493