Amazon Linux AMI : ntp (ALAS-2015-607)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 86638
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Synopsis

The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.

Description

It was discovered that ntpd as a client did not correctly check timestamps in Kiss-of-Death packets. A remote attacker could use this flaw to send a crafted Kiss-of-Death packet to an ntpd client that would increase the client's polling interval value, and effectively disable synchronization with the server. (CVE-2015-7704)

It was found that ntpd did not correctly implement the threshold limitation for the '-g' option, which is used to set the time without any restrictions. A man-in-the-middle attacker able to intercept NTP traffic between a connecting client and an NTP server could use this flaw to force that client to make multiple steps larger than the panic threshold, effectively changing the time to an arbitrary value.
(CVE-2015-5300)

It was found that the fix for CVE-2014-9750 was incomplete: three issues were found in the value length checks in ntp_crypto.c, where a packet with particular autokey operations that contained malicious data was not always being completely validated. Receipt of these packets can cause ntpd to crash. (CVE-2015-7691 , CVE-2015-7692 , CVE-2015-7702)

A potential off by one vulnerability exists in the cookedprint functionality of ntpq. A specially crafted buffer could cause a buffer overflow potentially resulting in null byte being written out of bounds. (CVE-2015-7852)

A memory leak flaw was found in ntpd's CRYPTO_ASSOC. If ntpd is configured to use autokey authentication, an attacker could send packets to ntpd that would, after several days of ongoing attack, cause it to run out of memory. (CVE-2015-7701)

Solution

Run 'yum update ntp' to update your system.

See Also

https://alas.aws.amazon.com/ALAS-2015-607.html

https://www.tenable.com/security/research/tra-2015-04

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 86638

File Name: ala_ALAS-2015-607.nasl

Version: 2.11

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/29/2015

Updated: 6/22/2020

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ntp, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ntp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ntp-doc, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ntp-perl, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:ntpdate, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 10/27/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/21/2017

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5300, CVE-2015-7691, CVE-2015-7692, CVE-2015-7701, CVE-2015-7702, CVE-2015-7704, CVE-2015-7852, CVE-2015-7871