NTP: Denial of Service — GLSA 201001-01

A Denial of Service condition in ntpd can cause excessive CPU or bandwidth consumption.

Affected Packages

net-misc/ntp on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.2.4_p7-r1
Unaffected versions >= 4.2.4_p7-r1

Background

NTP is a set of the Network Time Protocol programs.

Description

Robin Park and Dmitri Vinokurov discovered that ntp_request.c in ntpd does not handle MODE_PRIVATE packets correctly, causing a continuous exchange of MODE_PRIVATE error responses between two NTP daemons or causing high CPU load on a single host.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker could send a specially crafted MODE_PRIVATE packet, allowing for a Denial of Service condition (CPU and bandwidth consumption).

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All NTP users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/ntp-4.2.4_p7-r1"

References

Release Date
January 03, 2010

Latest Revision
January 03, 2010: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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