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NTP users are strongly urged to take immediate action to ensure that their NTP daemons are not susceptible to being used in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Please also take this opportunity to defeat denial-of-service attacks by implementing Ingress and Egress filtering through BCP38.

ntp-4.2.8p11 was released on 27 February 2018. It addresses 2 low-/medium-, 1 informational-/medium-, and 2 low-severity security issues in ntpd, 1 medium-severity security issue in ntpq, and provides over 65 non-security bugfixes and other improvements over 4.2.8p10.

Please see the NTP Security Notice for vulnerability and mitigation details.

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NTP Bug 3379

NTP-01-004 NTP: Potential Overflows in ctl_put() functions (Medium)

  • Date Resolved: 21 Mar 2017
  • References: Sec 3379 / CVE-2017-6458 / VU#325339
  • Affects: All versions of NTP, up to but not including ntp-4.2.8p10, and ntp-4.3.0 up to, but not including ntp-4.3.94.
  • CVSS2: MED 4.6 (AV:N/AC:H/Au:M/C:N/I:N/A:C)
  • CVSS3: MED 4.2 CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H
  • Summary: ntpd makes use of different wrappers around ctl_putdata() to create name/value ntpq (mode 6) response strings. For example, ctl_putstr() is usually used to send string data (variable names or string data). The formatting code was missing a length check for variable names. If somebody explicitly created any unusually long variable names in ntpd (longer than 200-512 bytes, depending on the type of variable), then if any of these variables are added to the response list it would overflow a buffer.
  • Mitigation:
    • Implement BCP-38.
    • Upgrade to 4.2.8p10, or later, from the NTP Project Download Page or the NTP Public Services Project Download Page
    • If you don't want to upgrade, then don't setvar variable names longer than 200-512 bytes in your ntp.conf file.
    • Properly monitor your ntpd instances, and auto-restart ntpd (without -g) if it stops running.
  • Credit: This weakness was discovered by Cure53.
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