A vulnerability of medium severity, identified as CVE-2023-20042, with a CVSS score of 6.8, was found in the AnyConnect SSL VPN feature of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software and Cisco Firepower Threat Defence (FTD) Software.
This vulnerability could potentially enable an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.
Software patches from Cisco have been made available to fix this issue. There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
Details of the Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN Flaw
An implementation issue in the SSL/TLS session handling procedure, which could prevent the release of a session handler under certain circumstances, is the cause of the vulnerability discovered.
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An attacker might use this vulnerability to increase the likelihood of session handler leaks by sending crafted SSL/TLS traffic to a compromised device.
“A successful exploit could allow the attacker to eventually deplete the available session handler pool, preventing new sessions from being established and causing a DoS condition,” Cisco said in its advisory.
Cisco stated that this flaw impacted Cisco ASA and FTD software that had been configured for AnyConnect SSL/TLS VPN connections.
Indicators of Compromise
According to Cisco, the command shows SSL objects may be used to identify the presence of leaking session handlers. A high and rising number in the SSL: active counter suggests that sessions are being leaked.
As stated in the advisory, Cisco recommends that affected users apply software updates as early as possible. Cisco confirmed that there are no workarounds that address this vulnerability.
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