Cisco AireOS FIPS Mode out-of-bounds write

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Cisco AireOS (Wireless LAN Software) (unknown version). This affects an unknown code block of the component FIPS Mode. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a out-of-bounds write vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-787. The product writes data past the end, or before the beginning, of the intended buffer. This is going to have an impact on availability. The summary by CVE is:

A vulnerability in the authentication functionality of Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) AireOS Software could allow an unauthenticated, adjacent attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on an affected device. This vulnerability is due to insufficient error validation. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending crafted packets to an affected device. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause the wireless LAN controller to crash, resulting in a DoS condition. Note: This vulnerability affects only devices that have Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) mode enabled.

The weakness was presented 10/01/2022 as cisco-sa-wlc-dos-mKGRrsCB. The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2022-20769 since 11/02/2021. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

See VDB-82731 for similar entry.






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Class: Out-of-bounds write
CWE: CWE-787 / CWE-119

Local: No
Remote: Partially

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Status: Not defined

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11/02/2021 🔍
10/01/2022 +332 days 🔍
10/01/2022 +0 days 🔍
10/29/2022 +28 days 🔍



Advisory: cisco-sa-wlc-dos-mKGRrsCB
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2022-20769 (🔍)
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Created: 10/01/2022 08:36 AM
Updated: 10/29/2022 09:19 AM
Changes: 10/01/2022 08:36 AM (50), 10/29/2022 09:19 AM (11)
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