PowerDNS Authoritative < 4.0.5 Read Only Configuration Bypass (CVE-2017-15091)

high Nessus Plugin ID 106192


The remote name server is affected by a configuration bypass vulnerability.


According to its self-reported version number, the version of the PowerDNS Authoritative listening on the remote host is prior to 4.0.5. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability in the API where a remote authenticated attacker can perform operations that affect the server state even if the api-readonly configuration is enabled.

Note that Nessus has not attempted to exploit these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.
Also, Nessus has not checked for the presence of the patch.


Upgrade to PowerDNS Authoritative 4.0.5 or later. Alternatively, apply the patches referenced in the vendor advisories.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 106192

File Name: powerdns_authoritative_4_0_5.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 1/19/2018

Updated: 11/8/2019

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.2


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2017-15091


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.1

Temporal Score: 6.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:powerdns:powerdns, cpe:/a:powerdns:authoritative

Required KB Items: pdns/version_full, pdns/version_source, pdns/type, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/27/2017

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/27/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-15091

BID: 101982