PowerDNS Recursor 3.6.0 Packet Sequence Handling DoS

medium Nessus Plugin ID 77780


The remote name server is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


According to its self-reported version number, the version of the PowerDNS Recursor service listening on the remote host is version 3.6.0. It is, therefore, affected by a denial of service vulnerability due to improper handling of malformed packet sequences. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to crash the application, resulting in a denial of service condition.

Note that Nessus has not attempted to exploit this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.
Also, Nessus has not checked for the presence of the patch or the workaround.


Upgrade to PowerDNS Recursor 3.6.1 or later. Alternatively, apply the patch or workaround referenced in the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 77780

File Name: powerdns_3_6_1.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: DNS

Published: 9/22/2014

Updated: 11/25/2019

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-3614

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:powerdns:powerdns, cpe:/a:powerdns:powerdns_recursor

Required KB Items: pdns/version_full, pdns/version_source, pdns/type, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/10/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/10/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3614

BID: 69778