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Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 19:00:14 +0100
From: "Radu State" <>
To: <>
Subject: Asterisk SDP DOS vulnerability

MADYNES Security Advisory 





Title: Asterisk SIP INVITE remote DOS  


Release Date:




      High - Denial of  Service


Advisory ID:KIPH1






AsteriskR is a complete IP PBX in software. It runs on a wide variety of
operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Sun
Solaris and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX
including many advanced features that are often associated with high end
(and high cost) proprietary PBXs. AsteriskR supports Voice over IP in many
protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony
equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.


Affected Versions:

      Asterisk 1.2.14, 1.2.15, 1.2.16 

      Asterisk 1.4.1 

      probably previous versions also


Unaffected Versions: Trunk version to date (13/03/2007)


Vulnerability Synopsis: After sending a crafted INVITE message the software
finish abruptly its execution with a Segmentation Fault provoking a Denial
of Service (DoS) in all the services provided by the entity.


Impact: A remote individual can remotely crash and perform a Denial of
Service(DoS) attack in all the services provided by the software by sending
one crafted SIP INVITE message. This is conceptually similar to the "ping of


Resolution: The problem has been fixed in Asterisk versions 1.4.2 and
1.2.17, which is released today 19/03/2007 


Vulnerability Description: After sending a crafted message the software
crash abruptly. The message in this case is an anonymous INVITE where the
SDP contains 2 connection headers. The first one must be valid and the
second not where the IP address should be invalid. The callee needs not to
be a valid user or dialplan. In case where asterisk is set to disallow
anonymous call, a valid user and password should be known, and while
responding the corresponding INVITE challenge the information should be
crafted as above. After this crafted SIP INVITE message, the affected
software crash immediately. 


Proof of Concept Code: available



      Humberto J. Abdelnur (Ph.D Student)

      Radu State (Ph.D)

      Olivier Festor (Ph.D)

      This vulnerability was identified by the Madynes research team at

      Lorraine, using the Madynes VoIP fuzzer.




Disclosure Distribution: 

      The advisory will be posted on the following websites:


      1)    Asterisk's website

      2)     <> website


      The advisory will be posted to the following mailing lists:





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