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McAfee Security Bulletin - Network Data Loss Prevention 9.3.4 update fixes CVE-2016-6515
Security Bulletins ID:   SB10256
Last Modified:  11/20/2018


First Published: November 20, 2018
 Impact of Vulnerability: Denial of Service (CWE-730, OWASP 2004:A9)
 CVE ID: CVE-2016-6515
 Severity Rating: Medium
 CVSS v3 Base/Temporal Scores: 5.3 / 5.2
 Recommendations: Install or update to Network Data Loss Prevention (NDLP) hotfix_1257114_47914_01.tar.gz for NDLP
Applicable only for VM, 4400, and 5500 platforms.
 Security Bulletin Replacement: None
 Affected Software: NDLP 9.3.x and earlier
 Location of updated software: http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/downloads.aspx
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Article contents: Vulnerability Description
This update resolves the following security vulnerability.

The auth_password function in auth-passwd.c in sshd in OpenSSH before 7.3 does not limit password lengths for password authentication, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crypt CPU consumption) via a long string.

Affected NDLP components:
  • DLP Manager
  • DLP Monitor
  • DLP iPrevent
  • DLP iDiscover
This issue is resolved in NDLP Hotfix hotfix_1257114_47914_01.tar.gz released on November 20, 2018 for VM, 4400, and 5500 platforms.

Apply NDLP Hotfix hotfix_1257114_47914_01.tar.gz to NDLP

Go to the Product Downloads site, and download the applicable product hotfix file:
Product Type Version File Name Release Date
NDLP   Hotfix hotfix_1257114_47914_01 hotfix_1257114_47914_01.tar.gz November 20, 2018
Download and Installation Instructions
See KB56057 for instructions on how to download McAfee products, documentation, updates, and hotfixes. Review the Release Notes and the Installation Guide, which you can download from the Documentation tab, for instructions on how to install these updates.
McAfee strongly recommends that you configure system and network access controls to the below best practices:
  • Change the default root password of the system to a strong, unguessable password.
  • Place the NDLP Management console only on a trusted network.
  • Only give accounts on NDLP systems to personnel with a "need-to-know".
  • Place network restrictions so that only NDLP Monitors can communicate with NDLP Managers.
  • Only use a single network interface card (NIC) for inter-system communications.
  • Present management functions only on a single NIC. Configure the management NIC to accept connections only from a trusted, restricted network.
This vulnerability was first disclosed by The MITRE Corporation as a CVE.
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  4. In the Action Menu, select Product Details. The product version displays.
For Appliances:
Use the following instructions for Appliance-based products:
  1. Open the Administrator's User Interface (UI).
  2. Click the About link. The product version displays.
What is CVSS?
CVSS, or Common Vulnerability Scoring System, is the result of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council's effort to standardize a system of assessing the criticality of a vulnerability. This system offers an unbiased criticality score between 0 and 10 that customers can use to judge how critical a vulnerability is and plan accordingly. For more information, visit the CVSS website at: http://www.first.org/cvss/.
When calculating CVSS scores, McAfee has adopted a philosophy that fosters consistency and repeatability. Our guiding principle for CVSS scoring is to score the exploit under consideration by itself. We consider only the immediate and direct impact of the exploit under consideration. We do not factor into a score any potential follow-on exploits that might be made possible by the successful exploitation of the issue being scored.
What are the CVSS scoring metrics?


Base Score 5.3
Attack Vector (AV) Network (N)
Attack Complexity (AC) Low (L)
Privileges Required (PR) None (N)
User Interaction (UI) None (N)
Scope (S) Unchanged (U)
Confidentiality (C) None (N)
Integrity (I) None (N)
Availability (A) Low (L)
Temporal Score (Overall) 5.2
Exploitability (E) Not Defined (X)
Remediation Level (RL) Workaround (W)
Report Confidence (RC) Not Defined (X)
NOTE: The below CVSS version 3.0 vector was used to generate this score.

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