dnsmasq < 2.76 Empty Address Denial of Service (CVE-2015-8899)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 106138


The remote DNS / DHCP service is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


The version of dnsmasq installed on the remote host is at least 2.73 and prior to 2.76, and thus, is affected by a denial of service vulnerability when handling a reply that a given name is empty while the A or AAAA record is defined locally and in a hosts file.


Upgrade to dnsmasq 2.76 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 106138

File Name: dnsmasq_2_76.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 2018/01/18

Updated: 2019/11/08

Dependencies: 72779

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-8899

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:thekelleys:dnsmasq

Required KB Items: dns_server/version, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/11/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/04/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8899

BID: 91031