CVE-2008-4609

NameCVE-2008-4609
DescriptionThe TCP implementation in (1) Linux, (2) platforms based on BSD Unix, (3) Microsoft Windows, (4) Cisco products, and probably other operating systems allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (connection queue exhaustion) via multiple vectors that manipulate information in the TCP state table, as demonstrated by sockstress.
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Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
linux (PTS)jessie, jessie (lts)3.16.84-1vulnerable
stretch (security)4.9.320-2vulnerable
stretch (lts), stretch4.9.320-3vulnerable
buster4.19.249-2vulnerable
buster (security)4.19.304-1vulnerable
bullseye5.10.209-2vulnerable
bullseye (security)5.10.205-2vulnerable
bookworm6.1.76-1vulnerable
bookworm (security)6.1.85-1vulnerable
trixie6.6.15-2vulnerable
sid6.7.9-2vulnerable

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
linuxsource(unstable)(unfixed)unimportant
linux-2.6source(unstable)(unfixed)unimportant
linux-2.6.24source(unstable)(unfixed)unimportant

Notes

this is a design flaw in TCP itself; maximum impact is a denial-of-service
there is no upstream solution
see http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-18730 for possible mitigation via iptables
also see usage of ipt_connlimit as a mitigation strategy

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