PowerDNS Version Detection

info Nessus Plugin ID 34043


It is possible to obtain the version number of the remote DNS server.


The remote host is running PowerDNS, an open source DNS server. It was possible to extract the version number of the remote installation by sending a special DNS request for the text 'version.pdns' in the domain 'chaos'.


If desired, hide the version number of PowerDNS by modifying the 'version-string' option in pdns.conf or recursor.conf.

Plugin Details

Severity: Info

ID: 34043

File Name: pdns_version.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 8/25/2008

Updated: 11/22/2019

Asset Inventory: true

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:powerdns:powerdns

Required KB Items: dns_server/version