Resource exhaustion in PowerDNS



Published: 2018-09-11 | Updated: 2020-07-28
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2016-7068
CWE-ID CWE-400
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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PowerDNS
Server applications / DNS servers

Vendor PowerDNS.COM B.V.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Resource exhaustion

EUVDB-ID: #VU32136

Risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1:

CVE-ID: CVE-2016-7068

CWE-ID: CWE-400 - Uncontrolled Resource Consumption ('Resource Exhaustion')

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote non-authenticated attacker to perform a denial of service (DoS) attack.

An issue has been found in PowerDNS before 3.4.11 and 4.0.2, and PowerDNS recursor before 3.7.4 and 4.0.4, allowing a remote, unauthenticated attacker to cause an abnormal CPU usage load on the PowerDNS server by sending crafted DNS queries, which might result in a partial denial of service if the system becomes overloaded. This issue is based on the fact that the PowerDNS server parses all records present in a query regardless of whether they are needed or even legitimate. A specially crafted query containing a large number of records can be used to take advantage of that behaviour.

Mitigation

Install update from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

PowerDNS: 3.4.0 - 3.7.3


CPE2.3 External links

http://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2016-7068
http://doc.powerdns.com/md/security/powerdns-advisory-2016-02/
http://www.debian.org/security/2017/dsa-3763
http://www.debian.org/security/2017/dsa-3764

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