AST-2012-015: Denial of Service Through Exploitation of Device State Caching Jan 02 2013 09:24PM
Asterisk Security Team (security asterisk org)
Asterisk Project Security Advisory - AST-2012-015

Product Asterisk
Summary Denial of Service Through Exploitation of Device
State Caching
Nature of Advisory Denial of Service
Susceptibility Remote Unauthenticated Sessions
Severity Critical
Exploits Known None
Reported On 26 July, 2012
Reported By Russell Bryant
Posted On 2 January, 2013
Last Updated On January 2, 2013
Advisory Contact Matt Jordan <mjordan AT digium DOT com>
CVE Name CVE-2012-5977

Description Asterisk maintains an internal cache for devices. The
device state cache holds the state of each device known to
Asterisk, such that consumers of device state information
can query for the last known state for a particular device,
even if it is not part of an active call. The concept of a
device in Asterisk can include things that do not have a
physical representation. One way that this currently occurs
is when anonymous calls are allowed in Asterisk. A device
is automatically created and stored in the cache for each
anonymous call that occurs; this is possible in the SIP and
IAX2 channel drivers and through channel drivers that
utilize the res_jabber/res_xmpp resource modules (Gtalk,
Jingle, and Motif). Attackers exploiting this vulnerability
can attack an Asterisk system configured to allow anonymous
calls by varying the source of the anonymous call,
continually adding devices to the device state cache and
consuming a system's resources.

Resolution Channels that are not associated with a physical device are
no longer stored in the device state cache. This affects
Local, DAHDI, SIP and IAX2 channels, and any channel drivers
built on the res_jabber/res_xmpp resource modules (Gtalk,
Jingle, and Motif).

Affected Versions
Product Release Series
Asterisk Open Source 1.8.x All Versions
Asterisk Open Source 10.x All Versions
Asterisk Open Source 11.x All Versions
Certified Asterisk 1.8.11 All Versions
Asterisk Digiumphones 10.x-digiumphones All Versions

Corrected In
Product Release
Asterisk Open Source, 10.11.1, 11.1.1
Certified Asterisk 1.8.11-cert10
Asterisk Digiumphones 10.11.1-digiumphones

SVN URL Revision
http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/security/AST-2012-015-1.8.diff Asterisk
http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/security/AST-2012-015-10.diff Asterisk
http://downloads.asterisk.org/pub/security/AST-2012-015-11.diff Asterisk

Links https://issues.asterisk.org/jira/browse/ASTERISK-20175

Asterisk Project Security Advisories are posted at

This document may be superseded by later versions; if so, the latest
version will be posted at
http://downloads.digium.com/pub/security/AST-2012-015.pdf and

Revision History
Date Editor Revisions Made
19 November 2012 Matt Jordan Initial Draft

Asterisk Project Security Advisory - AST-2012-015
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