PowerDNS Security Advisory 2015-03
- CVE: CVE-2015-5311
- Date: November 9th 2015
- Credit: Christian Hofstaedtler of Deduktiva GmbH
- Affects: PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.4.4 through 3.4.6
- Not affected: PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.3.x and 3.4.7 and up
- Severity: High
- Impact: Degraded service or Denial of service
- Exploit: This problem can be triggered by sending specially crafted query packets
- Risk of system compromise: No
- Solution: Upgrade to a non-affected version
- Workaround: run the process inside the guardian or inside a supervisor
A bug was found using
afl-fuzz in our packet parsing code. This bug, when exploited, causes an assertion error and consequent termination of the the
pdns_server process, causing a Denial of Service.
When the PowerDNS Authoritative Server is run inside the guardian (
--guardian), or inside a supervisor like supervisord or systemd, it will be automatically restarted, limiting the impact to a somewhat degraded service.
PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.4.4 – 3.4.6 are affected. No other versions are affected. The PowerDNS Recursor is not affected.
PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.4.7 contains a fix to this issue. A minimal patch is available here.
This issue is unrelated to the issues in our previous two Security Announcements (2015-01 and 2015-02).
We’d like to thank Christian Hofstaedtler of Deduktiva GmbH for finding and reporting this issue.
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