DNS Server Cache Snooping Remote Information Disclosure

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 12217


The remote DNS server is vulnerable to cache snooping attacks.


The remote DNS server responds to queries for third-party domains
that do not have the recursion bit set.

This may allow a remote attacker to determine which domains have
recently been resolved via this name server, and therefore which hosts
have been recently visited.

For instance, if an attacker was interested in whether your company
utilizes the online services of a particular financial institution,
they would be able to use this attack to build a statistical model
regarding company usage of that financial institution. Of course, the
attack can also be used to find B2B partners, web-surfing patterns,
external mail servers, and more.

Note: If this is an internal DNS server not accessible to outside
networks, attacks would be limited to the internal network. This
may include employees, consultants and potentially users on
a guest network or WiFi connection if supported.


Contact the vendor of the DNS software for a fix.

See Also


Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 12217

File Name: dns_cache_sniffing.nasl

Version: Revision: 1.25

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 2004/04/27

Modified: 2016/12/06

Dependencies: 11038, 11002

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

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