Public Date:
848544: CVE-2012-4287 wireshark: DoS via excessive CPU consumption in MongoDB dissector (wnpa-sec-2012-14)

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

epan/dissectors/packet-mongo.c in the MongoDB dissector in Wireshark 1.8.x before 1.8.2 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (loop and CPU consumption) via a small value for a BSON document length.

Find out more about CVE-2012-4287 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue did not affect the versions of wireshark as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 4.3
Base Metrics AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P
Access Vector Network
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact None
Availability Impact Partial

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Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 wireshark Not affected
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 wireshark Not affected