Oracle Linux 7 : ntp (ELSA-2015-2231)

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Synopsis :

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Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2015:2231 :

Updated ntp packages that fix multiple security issues, several bugs,
and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate
security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base
scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each
vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize a computer's
time with another referenced time source. These packages include the
ntpd service which continuously adjusts system time and utilities used
to query and configure the ntpd service.

It was found that because NTP's access control was based on a source
IP address, an attacker could bypass source IP restrictions and send
malicious control and configuration packets by spoofing ::1 addresses.
(CVE-2014-9298, CVE-2014-9751)

A denial of service flaw was found in the way NTP hosts that were
peering with each other authenticated themselves before updating their
internal state variables. An attacker could send packets to one peer
host, which could cascade to other peers, and stop the synchronization
process among the reached peers. (CVE-2015-1799)

A flaw was found in the way the ntp-keygen utility generated MD5
symmetric keys on big-endian systems. An attacker could possibly use
this flaw to guess generated MD5 keys, which could then be used to
spoof an NTP client or server. (CVE-2015-3405)

A stack-based buffer overflow was found in the way the NTP autokey
protocol was implemented. When an NTP client decrypted a secret
received from an NTP server, it could cause that client to crash.
(CVE-2014-9297, CVE-2014-9750)

It was found that ntpd did not check whether a Message Authentication
Code (MAC) was present in a received packet when ntpd was configured
to use symmetric cryptographic keys. A man-in-the-middle attacker
could use this flaw to send crafted packets that would be accepted by
a client or a peer without the attacker knowing the symmetric key.

The CVE-2015-1798 and CVE-2015-1799 issues were discovered by Miroslav
Lichvar of Red Hat.

Bug fixes :

* The ntpd service truncated symmetric keys specified in the key file
to 20 bytes. As a consequence, it was impossible to configure NTP
authentication to work with peers that use longer keys. With this
update, the maximum key length has been changed to 32 bytes.

* The ntpd service could previously join multicast groups only when
starting, which caused problems if ntpd was started during system boot
before network was configured. With this update, ntpd attempts to join
multicast groups every time network configuration is changed.

* Previously, the ntp-keygen utility used the exponent of 3 when
generating RSA keys. Consequently, generating RSA keys failed when
FIPS mode was enabled. With this update, ntp-keygen has been modified
to use the exponent of 65537, and generating keys in FIPS mode now
works as expected. (BZ#1191116)

* The ntpd service dropped incoming NTP packets if their source port
was lower than 123 (the NTP port). With this update, ntpd no longer
checks the source port number, and clients behind NAT are now able to
correctly synchronize with the server. (BZ#1171640)

Enhancements :

* This update adds support for configurable Differentiated Services
Code Points (DSCP) in NTP packets, simplifying configuration in large
networks where different NTP implementations or versions are using
different DSCP values. (BZ#1202828)

* This update adds the ability to configure separate clock stepping
thresholds for each direction (backward and forward). Use the
'stepback' and 'stepfwd' options to configure each threshold.

* Support for nanosecond resolution has been added to the Structural
Health Monitoring (SHM) reference clock. Prior to this update, when a
Precision Time Protocol (PTP) hardware clock was used as a time source
to synchronize the system clock, the accuracy of the synchronization
was limited due to the microsecond resolution of the SHM protocol. The
nanosecond extension in the SHM protocol now allows sub-microsecond
synchronization of the system clock. (BZ#1117702)

All ntp users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain backported patches to correct these issues and add these

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected ntp packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.0
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 87030 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2014-9297

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