Oracle Linux 7 : chrony (ELSA-2015-2241)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 87032


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2015:2241 :

Updated chrony packages that fix three security issues, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Moderate security impact. Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base scores, which give detailed severity ratings, are available for each vulnerability from the CVE links in the References section.

The chrony suite, chronyd and chronyc, is an advanced implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP), specially designed to support systems with intermittent connections. It can synchronize the system clock with NTP servers, hardware reference clocks, and manual input.
It can also operate as an NTPv4 (RFC 5905) server or peer to provide a time service to other computers in the network.

An out-of-bounds write flaw was found in the way chrony stored certain addresses when configuring NTP or cmdmon access. An attacker that has the command key and is allowed to access cmdmon (only localhost is allowed by default) could use this flaw to crash chronyd or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the chronyd process.

An uninitialized pointer use flaw was found when allocating memory to save unacknowledged replies to authenticated command requests. An attacker that has the command key and is allowed to access cmdmon (only localhost is allowed by default) could use this flaw to crash chronyd or, possibly, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the chronyd process. (CVE-2015-1822)

A denial of service flaw was found in the way chrony hosts that were peering with each other authenticated themselves before updating their internal state variables. An attacker could send packets to one peer host, which could cascade to other peers, and stop the synchronization process among the reached peers. (CVE-2015-1853)

These issues were discovered by Miroslav Lichvar of Red Hat.

The chrony packages have been upgraded to upstream version 2.1.1, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. Notable enhancements include :

* Updated to NTP version 4 (RFC 5905)

* Added pool directive to specify pool of NTP servers

* Added leapsecmode directive to select how to correct clock for leap second

* Added smoothtime directive to smooth served time and enable leap smear

* Added asynchronous name resolving with POSIX threads

* Ready for year 2036 (next NTP era)

* Improved clock control

* Networking code reworked to open separate client sockets for each NTP server


This update also fixes the following bug :

* The chronyd service previously assumed that network interfaces specified with the 'bindaddress' directive were ready when the service was started. This could cause chronyd to fail to bind an NTP server socket to the interface if the interface was not ready. With this update, chronyd uses the IP_FREEBIND socket option, enabling it to bind to an interface later, not only when the service starts.

In addition, this update adds the following enhancement :

* The chronyd service now supports four modes of handling leap seconds, configured using the 'leapsecmode' option. The clock can be either stepped by the kernel (the default 'system' mode), stepped by chronyd ('step' mode), slowly adjusted by slewing ('slew' mode), or the leap second can be ignored and corrected later in normal operation ('ignore' mode). If you select slewing, the correction will always start at 00:00:00 UTC and will be applied at a rate specified in the 'maxslewrate' option. (BZ#1206504)

All chrony users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which correct these issues and add these enhancements.


Update the affected chrony package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 87032

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2015-2241.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/11/24

Modified: 2016/05/26

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:chrony, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/11/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-1821, CVE-2015-1822, CVE-2015-1853

OSVDB: 120393, 120394, 120395

RHSA: 2015:2241