Cisco IOS XR GNU C Library (glibc) Buffer Overflow (GHOST)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 81596


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


The remote Cisco device is running a version of Cisco IOS XR software that is potentially affected by a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc) due to improperly validated user-supplied input to the __nss_hostname_digits_dots(), gethostbyname(), and gethostbyname2() functions. This allows a remote attacker to cause a buffer overflow, resulting in a denial of service condition or the execution of arbitrary code.

Note that this issue only affects Cisco Network Convergence System 6000 Series routers.


Apply the relevant patch referenced in Cisco bug ID CSCus69517.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 81596

File Name: cisco-sa-20150128-ghost-iosxr_NCS6K.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: combined

Family: CISCO

Published: 3/2/2015

Updated: 4/8/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-0235

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:cisco:ios_xr

Required KB Items: Host/Cisco/IOS-XR/Version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/18/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/27/2015

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Exim GHOST (glibc gethostbyname) Buffer Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0235

BID: 72325

CERT: 967332

CISCO-SA: cisco-sa-20150128-ghost