GLSA-200812-19 : PowerDNS: Multiple vulnerabilities

medium Nessus Plugin ID 35244


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200812-19 (PowerDNS: Multiple vulnerabilities)

Daniel Drown reported an error when receiving a HINFO CH query (CVE-2008-5277). Brian J. Dowling of Simplicity Communications discovered a previously unknown security implication of the PowerDNS behavior to not respond to certain queries it considers malformed (CVE-2008-3337).
Impact :

A remote attacker could send specially crafted queries to cause a Denial of Service. The second vulnerability in itself does not pose a security risk to PowerDNS Nameserver. However, not answering a query for an invalid DNS record within a valid domain allows for a larger spoofing window on third-party nameservers for domains being hosted by PowerDNS Nameserver itself.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All PowerDNS users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-dns/pdns-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 35244

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200812-19.nasl

Version: 1.15

Type: local

Published: 12/21/2008

Updated: 1/6/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.2


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 4.7

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:pdns, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/19/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3337, CVE-2008-5277

BID: 30587

CWE: 16, 20

GLSA: 200812-19