#VU28142 Input validation error in PowerDNS Recursor

Published: 2020-05-20

Vulnerability identifier: #VU28142

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 4.2 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-12244


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
PowerDNS Recursor
Server applications / DNS servers

Vendor: PowerDNS.COM B.V.


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a spoofing attack.

The vulnerability exists due to records in the answer section of a NXDOMAIN response lacking an SOA are not properly validated in SyncRes::processAnswer. A remote attacker with ability to perform a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack can send a NXDOMAIN answer for a name that does exist and bypass DNSSEC validation.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to perform a spoofing attack.

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Vulnerable software versions

PowerDNS Recursor: 4.3.0 - 4.3.0 rc2, 4.2.0 - 4.2.1, 4.1.0 - 4.1.15

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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.

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