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NTP Bug 2942

Off-path Denial of Service (DoS) attack on authenticated broadcast mode

  • Date Resolved: Stable (4.2.8p6) 19 Jan 2016; Dev (4.3.90) 19 Jan 2016
  • References: Sec 2942 / CVE-2015-7979
  • Affects: All ntp-4 releases up to, but not including 4.2.8p6, and 4.3.0 up to, but not including 4.3.90
  • CVSS: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:P) Base Score: 5.8
  • Summary: An off-path attacker can send broadcast packets with bad authentication (wrong key, mismatched key, incorrect MAC, etc) to broadcast clients. It is observed that the broadcast client tears down the association with the broadcast server upon receiving just one bad packet.
  • Mitigation:
  • Credit: This weakness was discovered by Aanchal Malhotra <aanchal4@bu.edu> of Boston University.
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