PowerDNS Recursor 4.3.2, 4.2.3 and 4.1.17 Released

Jul 1, 2020


Today we are releasing PowerDNS Recursor 4.3.2, 4.2.3. and 4.1.17, containing a security fix for CVE-2020-14196: Access restriction bypass.

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor where the ACL applied to the internal web server via `webserver-allow-from` is not properly enforced, allowing a remote attacker to send HTTP queries to the internal web server, bypassing the restriction.

Note that the web server is not enabled by default. Only installations using a non-default value for webserver and webserver-address are affected.

Workarounds are: disable the webserver or set a password or an API key. Additionally, restrict the binding address using the webserver-address setting to local addresses only and/or use a firewall to disallow web requests from untrusted sources reaching the webserver listening address.

As usual, there were also other smaller enhancements and bugfixes. In particular, the 4.3.2 release contains fixes that allow long CNAME chains to resolve properly, where previously they could fail if qname minimization is enabled.
Please refer to the 4.3.2 changelog, 4.2.3 changelog and 4.1.17 changelog for details.

The 4.3.2 tarball (signature), 4.2.3 tarball (signature) and 4.1.17 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.

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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