Cisco NX-OS 5500/5600 SNMP Packet input validation

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A vulnerability was found in Cisco NX-OS 5500/5600 (Router Operating System). It has been classified as critical. Affected is some unknown processing of the component SNMP Packet Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. This is going to have an impact on availability.

The weakness was published 03/02/2016 with Cisco as cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2015-6260 since 08/17/2015. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 89783 (Cisco Nexus 5500 / 5600 / 6000 SNMP DoS (cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family CISCO and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 43485 (Cisco NX-OS Software SNMP Packet Denial of Service Vulnerability (cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (111183) and Tenable (89783). Similar entries are available at 81151 and 81148.






  • commercial


  • end of life (version)

CPE 2.3info

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Class: Input validation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 89783
Nessus Name: Cisco Nexus 5500 / 5600 / 6000 SNMP DoS (cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp)
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OpenVAS ID: 103402
OpenVAS Name: Cisco NX-OS Software SNMP Packet Denial of Service Vulnerability
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Advisory: cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp
Organization: Cisco
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2015-6260 (🔍)
X-Force: 111183 - Cisco NX-OS SNMP denial of service
SecurityTracker: 1035158
Vulnerability Center: 57015 - [cisco-sa-20160302-n5ksnmp] Cisco NX-OS Remote DoS via SNMP Packetc, High
SecurityFocus: 83943 - Cisco NX-OS Software CVE-2015-6260 Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 03/03/2016 10:52 AM
Updated: 07/08/2022 09:05 PM
Changes: 03/03/2016 10:52 AM (78), 09/01/2018 08:44 AM (10), 07/08/2022 09:05 PM (4)
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