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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 106487


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: Medium

ID: 106487

File Name: powerdns_recursor_4_1_1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 2018/01/30

Modified: 2018/02/08

Dependencies: 34043

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

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


Base Score: 5.3

Temporal Score: 4.6

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/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 Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2018/01/22

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2018/01/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-1000003

OSVDB: 173203