Scientific Linux Security Update : ntp on SL7.x x86_64 (20151119)

high Nessus Plugin ID 87564


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


It was found that because NTP's access control was based on a source IP address, an attacker could bypass source IP restrictions and send malicious control and configuration packets by spoofing ::1 addresses.
(CVE-2014-9298, CVE-2014-9751)

A denial of service flaw was found in the way NTP 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-2015-1799)

A flaw was found in the way the ntp-keygen utility generated MD5 symmetric keys on big-endian systems. An attacker could possibly use this flaw to guess generated MD5 keys, which could then be used to spoof an NTP client or server. (CVE-2015-3405)

A stack-based buffer overflow was found in the way the NTP autokey protocol was implemented. When an NTP client decrypted a secret received from an NTP server, it could cause that client to crash.
(CVE-2014-9297, CVE-2014-9750)

It was found that ntpd did not check whether a Message Authentication Code (MAC) was present in a received packet when ntpd was configured to use symmetric cryptographic keys. A man-in-the-middle attacker could use this flaw to send crafted packets that would be accepted by a client or a peer without the attacker knowing the symmetric key.

Bug fixes :

- The ntpd service truncated symmetric keys specified in the key file to 20 bytes. As a consequence, it was impossible to configure NTP authentication to work with peers that use longer keys. With this update, the maximum key length has been changed to 32 bytes.

- The ntpd service could previously join multicast groups only when starting, which caused problems if ntpd was started during system boot before network was configured. With this update, ntpd attempts to join multicast groups every time network configuration is changed.

- Previously, the ntp-keygen utility used the exponent of 3 when generating RSA keys. Consequently, generating RSA keys failed when FIPS mode was enabled. With this update, ntp-keygen has been modified to use the exponent of 65537, and generating keys in FIPS mode now works as expected.

- The ntpd service dropped incoming NTP packets if their source port was lower than 123 (the NTP port). With this update, ntpd no longer checks the source port number, and clients behind NAT are now able to correctly synchronize with the server.

Enhancements :

- This update adds support for configurable Differentiated Services Code Points (DSCP) in NTP packets, simplifying configuration in large networks where different NTP implementations or versions are using different DSCP values.

- This update adds the ability to configure separate clock stepping thresholds for each direction (backward and forward). Use the 'stepback' and 'stepfwd' options to configure each threshold.

- Support for nanosecond resolution has been added to the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) reference clock.
Prior to this update, when a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) hardware clock was used as a time source to synchronize the system clock, the accuracy of the synchronization was limited due to the microsecond resolution of the SHM protocol. The nanosecond extension in the SHM protocol now allows sub-microsecond synchronization of the system clock.


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 87564

File Name: sl_20151119_ntp_on_SL7_x.nasl

Version: 2.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/22/2015

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.8


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:ntp, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:ntp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:ntp-doc, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:ntp-perl, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:ntpdate, p-cpe:/a:fermilab:scientific_linux:sntp, x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 11/19/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/8/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9297, CVE-2014-9298, CVE-2014-9750, CVE-2014-9751, CVE-2015-1798, CVE-2015-1799, CVE-2015-3405