SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : ntp (SUSE-SU-2016:1177-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 90821


The remote SUSE host is missing one or more security updates.


ntp was updated to version 4.2.8p6 to fix 12 security issues.

Also yast2-ntp-client was updated to match some sntp syntax changes.

These security issues were fixed :

- CVE-2015-8158: Fixed potential infinite loop in ntpq (bsc#962966).

- CVE-2015-8138: Zero Origin Timestamp Bypass (bsc#963002).

- CVE-2015-7979: Off-path Denial of Service (DoS) attack on authenticated broadcast mode (bsc#962784).

- CVE-2015-7978: Stack exhaustion in recursive traversal of restriction list (bsc#963000).

- CVE-2015-7977: reslist NULL pointer dereference (bsc#962970).

- CVE-2015-7976: ntpq saveconfig command allows dangerous characters in filenames (bsc#962802).

- CVE-2015-7975: nextvar() missing length check (bsc#962988).

- CVE-2015-7974: Skeleton Key: Missing key check allows impersonation between authenticated peers (bsc#962960).

- CVE-2015-7973: Replay attack on authenticated broadcast mode (bsc#962995).

- CVE-2015-8140: ntpq vulnerable to replay attacks (bsc#962994).

- CVE-2015-8139: Origin Leak: ntpq and ntpdc, disclose origin (bsc#962997).

- CVE-2015-5300: MITM attacker could have forced ntpd to make a step larger than the panic threshold (bsc#951629).

The update package also includes non-security fixes. See advisory for details.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the SUSE security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


To install this SUSE Security Update use YaST online_update.
Alternatively you can run the command listed for your product :

SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-SP1-2016-694=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-SP1-2016-694=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12-SP1 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-SP1-2016-694=1

To bring your system up-to-date, use 'zypper patch'.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 90821

File Name: suse_SU-2016-1177-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.14 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/05/02

Modified: 2017/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.8

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ntp, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ntp-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ntp-debugsource, p-cpe:/a:novell:suse_linux:ntp-doc, cpe:/o:novell:suse_linux:12

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/04/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5300, CVE-2015-7973, CVE-2015-7974, CVE-2015-7975, CVE-2015-7976, CVE-2015-7977, CVE-2015-7978, CVE-2015-7979, CVE-2015-8138, CVE-2015-8139, CVE-2015-8140, CVE-2015-8158

OSVDB: 129315, 133378, 133382, 133383, 133384, 133385, 133386, 133387, 133388, 133389, 133390, 133391, 133414