PowerDNS Recursor 4.3.1, 4.2.2 and 4.1.16 Released

May 19, 2020


Today we are releasing PowerDNS Recursor 4.3.1, 4.2.2. and 4.1.16, containing security fixes for three CVEs:


The issues are:

CVE-2020-10995: An issue in the DNS protocol has been found that allows malicious parties to use recursive DNS services to attack third party authoritative name servers. Severity is medium. We would like to thank Lior Shafir, Yehuda Afek and Anat Bremler-Barr for finding and subsequently reporting this issue!

CVE-2020-12244: Records in the answer section of a NXDOMAIN response lacking an SOA were not properly validated. Severity is medium. We would like to thank Matt Nordhoff for finding and subsequently reporting this issue!

CVE-2020-10030: An attacker with enough privileges to change the hostname might be able to disclose uninitialized memory. This issue also affects the Authoritative Server and dnsdist; since the attack requires very high privileges and the issue does not affect Linux, we will not be releasing new versions for those just for this issue. Severity is low.

As usual, there were also other smaller enhancements and bugfixes. Please refer to the 4.3.1 changelog, 4.2.2 changelog and 4.1.16 changelog for details.

The 4.3.1 tarball (signature), 4.2.2 tarball (signature) and 4.1.16 tarball (signature) are available at downloads.powerdns.com and packages for CentOS 6, 7 and 8, Debian Stretch and Buster, Ubuntu Xenial and Bionic are available from repo.powerdns.com.

Note that the 4.1 packages will be published later today.

4.0 and older releases are EOL, refer to the documentation for details about our release cycles.

Please send us all feedback and issues you might have via the mailing list, or in case of a bug, via GitHub.

About the author

Otto Moerbeek

Otto Moerbeek

Senior Developer at PowerDNS


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