Bug 772570 - (CVE-2012-0206) Denial of Service vulnerability in PowerDNS 2.9.22
Denial of Service vulnerability in PowerDNS 2.9.22
Product: Fedora EPEL
Classification: Fedora
Component: pdns (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Ruben Kerkhof
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-01-09 04:39 EST by Nils Breunese
Modified: 2013-02-04 04:07 EST (History)
3 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: pdns-
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Last Closed: 2012-02-03 20:07:45 EST
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Description Nils Breunese 2012-01-09 04:39:58 EST
http://mailman.powerdns.com/pipermail/pdns-announce/2012-January/000151.html says:

Tomorrow (Tuesday the 10th of January) at 9AM eastern time, 15:00 Central
European Time, we will be releasing an important PowerDNS Security Advisory.

This Advisory contains details of a Denial of Service issue within all
currently used versions of the PowerDNS Authoritative Server.

We will be releasing:
	* A configuration based workaround, which might have a performance

	* An iptables based workaround

	* Versions and 3.0.1 of the Authoritative Server
		As source code
		Packages (static 32 bit and 64 bit for Debian and RPM based
		Linux distributions)

	* A one-line patch that solves the issue for source based users

	* Complete details of the problem

The denial of service attack is temporary in nature, but can be performed
using limited resources. There is no risk of a system compromise because of
this attack.

This pre-announcement is made to allow operators to schedule a maintenance
window to possibly upgrade or modify their systems.

If you anticipate requiring help upgrading your affected systems, please
contact powerdns.support at netherlabs.nl.

Some more details:
CVE: CVE-2012-0206
Date: 10th of January 2012

Affects: Most PowerDNS Authoritative Server versions < 3.0.1 (with the 
exception of

Not affected: No versions of the PowerDNS Recursor ('pdns_recursor') are

Severity: High
Impact: Temporary denial of service
Exploit: Proof of concept
Risk of system compromise: No
Solution: Upgrade to PowerDNS Recursor or 3.0.1
Workaround: Several

I think it would be good to upgrade the EPEL package to once it is released tomorrow to protect users of the package from this vulnerability.
Comment 1 Kurt Seifried 2012-01-09 20:49:11 EST
*** Bug 772581 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Kurt Seifried 2012-01-09 20:53:38 EST
We don't ship PowerDNS, nor does Fedora.
Comment 3 Kurt Seifried 2012-01-09 20:58:25 EST
Forgot that Fedora calls it pdns, not powerdns.
Comment 4 Ruben Kerkhof 2012-01-10 06:29:34 EST
That's why Nils opened a bug in the Fedora EPEL component, not Red Hat.

Thanks for the help, but I rather handle my own bugs myself. I opened #772581 to keep track of this in Fedora, not EPEL.
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2012-01-10 08:24:29 EST
pdns-2.9.22-4.el5 has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 5.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2012-01-10 08:25:31 EST
pdns- has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 6.
Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2012-01-11 02:59:36 EST
Package pdns-
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora EPEL 6 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=epel-testing pdns-'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).
Comment 8 Nils Breunese 2012-01-17 18:52:46 EST
According to http://mailman.powerdns.com/pipermail/pdns-users/2012-January/008492.html introduces a crashing bug when using PowerDNS as an AXFR slave. will be released this week to address this issue.
Comment 9 Ruben Kerkhof 2012-01-18 06:05:32 EST
Thanks Nils, I didn't see that one since I'm only subscribed to pdns-devel.

I have running in production for a week now, on 1 master and 2 AXFR slaves, and haven't seen any crashes. Just to be save, I'll refrain from pushing and wait for the update.
Comment 10 Nils Breunese 2012-01-18 06:57:12 EST
Maybe you could just apply the one-line patch to fix the denial of service vulnerability and release that?
Comment 11 Nils Breunese 2012-01-26 04:48:27 EST
PowerDNS has been released:

The improvements to the master/slave engine in contained one serious bug that can cause crashes on busy setups. fixes this crash.

Comment 12 Fedora Update System 2012-02-02 04:48:17 EST
pdns- has been submitted as an update for Fedora EPEL 6.
Comment 13 Fedora Update System 2012-02-03 20:07:45 EST
pdns-2.9.22-4.el5 has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 5 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 14 Fedora Update System 2012-02-18 16:43:25 EST
pdns- has been pushed to the Fedora EPEL 6 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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