This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.
CWE-400 - Resource exhaustion
Exploit availability: NoDescription
The vulnerability allows a remote non-authenticated attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.
An issue has been found in PowerDNS Authoritative Server before 3.4.11 and 4.0.2 allowing a remote, unauthenticated attacker to cause a denial of service by opening a large number of TCP connections to the web server. If the web server runs out of file descriptors, it triggers an exception and terminates the whole PowerDNS process. While it's more complicated for an unauthorized attacker to make the web server run out of file descriptors since its connection will be closed just after being accepted, it might still be possible.Mitigation
Install update from vendor's website.Vulnerable software versions
PowerDNS: 3.4.0 - 3.4.10External links
Q & A
Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?
Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.
How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?
The attacker would have to send a specially crafted request to the affected application in order to exploit this vulnerability.
Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?
No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.