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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in OSPFv2 Routing Protocol Used in IBM i Operating System (CVE-2013-0149 and CVE-2013-5385)

Technote (troubleshooting)


: The OSPFv2 routing protocol specified in RFC 2328 has an ambiguity that can be exploited and allow for traffic to be black-holed and/or redirected. A PTF is provided.

Resolving the problem


A potential protocol vulnerability has been identified in the OSPFv2 Layer-3 routing protocol. If an attacker sends a specially crafted OSPFv2 Link State Advertisement (LSA) packet, it may result in the corruption of routing tables. The attack does not require local network access or physical access to the network and is therefore remotely exploitable, but specialized knowledge and techniques are required to execute this attack. A successful exploit will not impact integrity of transmitted data, but the availability of the network may be affected. Moreover, confidentiality of information may be compromised, although the attacker would not have control over what can be accessed.

CVEID: CVE-2013-0149 and CVE-2013-5385
CVSS Base Score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 7.1 are affected.

The issue can be fixed by applying a PTF to the IBM i OS.

The IBM i PTF numbers are:

V5R4 – Not affected by this vulnerability
6.1 SI50218
7.1 SI50213



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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Dr. Gabi Nakibly

01 August 2013: Original Copy Published

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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Operating System IBM i 6.1
Operating System IBM i 7.1

Historical Number


Document information

More support for: IBM i

Software version: 6.1, 6.1.0, 6.1.1, 7.1, 7.1.0

Operating system(s): IBM i

Reference #: N1010309

Modified date: 31 July 2013