Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169

Original Release Date: September 30, 2014
Last Revised: October 9, 2014
Number: ASA-2014-371
Risk Level: High
Advisory Version: 3.0
Advisory Status: Final

1. Overview:

New Oracle Critical Security Alerts have been issued by Oracle on Oracle's Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts website. Specific updates or alerts pertaining to this advisory are described below. The Oracle Advisory covering content outlined in this Avaya Security Advisory may be found in Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2014-7169 and contains the following security issues.

This Security Alert addresses multiple publicly disclosed vulnerabilities affecting GNU Bash, specifically CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187, CVE-2014-6277 and CVE-2014-6278. GNU Bash is a popular open source command line shell incorporated into Linux and other widely used operating systems. These vulnerabilities affect multiple Oracle products. These vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e. may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. A remote user can exploit these vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary code on systems that are running affected versions of Bash.

2. Avaya System Products using Solaris 10 with GNU Bash installed:

Product: Affected Version(s): Risk Level: Actions:
Avaya Media Processing Server (MPS)
  • MPS500
  • MPS1000
3.x, 4.x High For customers and partners with active maintenance contracts please contact your Avaya support representative or follow your region specific RMA process to acquire the Oracle 126546-07 patch.

Recommended Actions for System Products:
Avaya strongly recommends following networking and security best practices by implementing firewalls, ACLs, physical security or other appropriate access restrictions. Though Avaya believes such restrictions should always be in place, risk to Avaya products and the surrounding network from this potential vulnerability may be mitigated by ensuring these practices are implemented until such time as an Avaya provided product update or the recommended Avaya action is applied. Further restrictions as deemed necessary based on the customer's security policies may be required during this interim period, but the System Product operating system or application should not be modified unless the change is approved by Avaya. Making changes that are not approved may void the Avaya product service contract.

Mitigating Factors:

When determining risk, Avaya takes into account many factors as outlined by Avaya's Security Vulnerability Classification Policy. The following table describes factors that mitigate the risk of specific vulnerabilities for affected Avaya products:

Vulnerability Mitigating Factors
CVE-2014-1562
CVE-2014-1567
The risk is rated High for MPS because exploiting this vulnerability could bypass security restrictions and allow shell commands to be executed.

3. Avaya Software-Only Products:

Avaya software-only products operate on general-purpose operating systems. Occasionally vulnerabilities may be discovered in the underlying operating system or applications that come with the operating system. These vulnerabilities often do not impact the software-only product directly but may threaten the integrity of the underlying platform.

Product: Actions:
Media Processing Server (MPS) Depending on the Operating System installed, the affected package may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the MPS application.
Avaya IQ Depending on the Operating System installed, the affected package may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the IQ application.

Recommended Actions for Software-Only Products:
In the event that the affected package is installed, Avaya recommends following recommended actions supplied by Oracle regarding Solaris.

4. Additional Information:

Additional information may also be available via the Avaya support website and through your Avaya account representative. Please contact your Avaya product support representative, or dial 1-800-242-2121, with any questions.

5. Disclaimer:

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6. Revision History:

V 1.0 - September 30, 2014 - Initial Statement issued.
V 2.0 - October 7, 2014 - Added MPS to affected products, software only products, and changed advisory risk level to High.
V 3.0 - October 9, 2014 - Added IQ to Software Only products table.

Avaya customers or Business Partners should report any security issues found with Avaya products via the standard support process.
Independent security researchers can contact Avaya at securityalerts@avaya.com.

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