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NTP Bug 2920

TALOS-CAN-0064: Invalid length data provided by a custom refclock driver could cause a buffer overflow.

  • Date Resolved: Stable (4.2.8p4) 21 Oct 2015
  • References: Sec 2920 / CVE-2015-7853
  • Affects: Potentially all ntp-4 releases running up to, but not including 4.2.8p4, and 4.3.0 up to, but not including 4.3.77 that have custom refclocks
  • CVSS: (AV:L/AC:H/Au:M/C:C/I:C/A:C) Base Score: 0.0 usual case, 5.9 unusual worst case
  • Summary: A negative value for the datalen parameter will overflow a data buffer. NTF's ntpd driver implementations always set this value to 0 and are therefore not vulnerable to this weakness. If you are running a custom refclock driver in ntpd and that driver supplies a negative value for datalen (no custom driver of even minimal competence would do this) then ntpd would overflow a data buffer. It is even hypothetically possible in this case that instead of simply crashing ntpd the attacker could effect a code injection attack.
  • Mitigation:
  • Credit: This weakness was discovered by Yves Younan of Cisco Talos.
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