NTP: Denial of Service

2010-01-03T00:00:00
ID GLSA-201001-01
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2010-01-03T00:00:00

Description

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"