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NTP Bug 3565

Crafted null dereference attack from a trusted source with an authenticated mode 6 packet

  • Date Resolved: Stable (4.2.8p13) 07 Mar 2019
  • References: Sec 3565 / CVE-2019-8936
  • Affects: All ntp-4 releases up to, but not including 4.2.8p13, and 4.3.0 up to, but not including 4.3.94. Resolved in 4.2.8p13 and 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: A crafted malicious authenticated mode 6 (ntpq) packet from a permitted network address can trigger a NULL pointer dereference, crashing ntpd. Note that for this attack to work, the sending system must be on an address that the target's ntpd accepts mode 6 packets from, and must use a private key that is specifically listed as being used for mode 6 authorization.
  • Mitigation:
  • Credit: Reported by Magnus Stubman.

  • 2019 Mar 07: Public release
  • 2019 Feb 19: Release to Advance Security Partners
  • 2019 Jan 17: Reported to Advance Notification Partners
  • 2019 Jan 15: Reported to NTF
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