DNS Server Cache Snooping Remote Information Disclosure

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 12217

Synopsis

The remote DNS server is vulnerable to cache snooping attacks.

Description

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.

Solution

Contact the vendor of the DNS software for a fix.

See Also

http://cs.unc.edu/~fabian/course_papers/cache_snooping.pdf

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: 11002, 11038

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSSv2

Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: DNS/udp/53