RHEL 5 : dnsmasq (RHSA-2008:0789)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 33865
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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated dnsmasq package that implements UDP source-port randomization is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Dnsmasq is lightweight DNS forwarder and DHCP server. It is designed to provide DNS and, optionally, DHCP, to a small network.

The dnsmasq DNS resolver used a fixed source UDP port. This could have made DNS spoofing attacks easier. dnsmasq has been updated to use random UDP source ports, helping to make DNS spoofing attacks harder.

All dnsmasq users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, that upgrades dnsmasq to version 2.45, which resolves this issue.


Update the affected dnsmasq package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 33865

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0789.nasl

Version: 1.40

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/12/2008

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.2


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:dnsmasq, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/11/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/8/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1447

BID: 30131

RHSA: 2008:0789

IAVA: 2008-A-0045