Denial of service in ISC DHCP

Published: 2018-01-17
Risk Low
Patch available NO
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2017-3144
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor ISC

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Resource exhaustion

EUVDB-ID: #VU10031

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L/E:U/RL:W/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2017-3144

CWE-ID: CWE-400 - Resource exhaustion

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to cause DoS condition on the target system.

The weakness exists due to improper cleaning up of closed OMAPI connections. A remote attacker who is permitted to establish connections to the OMAPI control port can trigger exhaustion of the pool of socket descriptors available to the DHCP server and cause the service to crash.


The recommended remedy is to disallow access to the OMAPI control port from unauthorized clients (in accordance with best practices for server operation).

Vulnerable software versions

DHCP: 4.1-esv - 4.3.6

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.