PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.0 DNSSEC Signature Validation Spoofing Vulnerability (CVE-2018-1000003)

low Nessus Plugin ID 106487
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The remote name server is affected by a spoofing vulnerability.


According to its self-reported version number, the version of the PowerDNS Recursor listening on the remote host is version 4.1.0. It is, therefore, affected by a flaw when handling DNSSEC signature validation of NSEC or NSEC3 records.

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 Recursor 4.1.1 or later. Alternatively, apply the patches referenced in the vendor advisories.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 106487

File Name: powerdns_recursor_4_1_1.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 1/30/2018

Updated: 11/8/2019

Dependencies: pdns_version.nasl

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-1000003


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 1.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

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


Risk Factor: Low

Base Score: 3.7

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:powerdns:powerdns, cpe:/a:powerdns:recursor

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/22/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/22/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-1000003