SUSE SLED12 / SLES12 Security Update : ntp (SUSE-SU-2016:1247-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 90991


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ntp was updated to version 4.2.8p6 to fix 28 security issues.

Major functional changes :

- The 'sntp' commandline tool changed its option handling in a major way, some options have been renamed or dropped.

- 'controlkey 1' is added during update to ntp.conf to allow sntp to work.

- The local clock is being disabled during update.

- ntpd is no longer running chrooted.

Other functional changes :

- ntp-signd is installed.

- 'enable mode7' can be added to the configuration to allow ntdpc to work as compatibility mode option.

- 'kod' was removed from the default restrictions.

- SHA1 keys are used by default instead of MD5 keys.

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).

- CVE-2015-7871: NAK to the Future: Symmetric association authentication bypass via crypto-NAK (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7855: decodenetnum() will ASSERT botch instead of returning FAIL on some bogus values (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7854: Password Length Memory Corruption Vulnerability (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7853: Invalid length data provided by a custom refclock driver could cause a buffer overflow (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7852: ntpq atoascii() Memory Corruption Vulnerability (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7851: saveconfig Directory Traversal Vulnerability (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7850: remote config logfile-keyfile (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7849: trusted key use-after-free (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7848: mode 7 loop counter underrun (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7701: Slow memory leak in CRYPTO_ASSOC (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7703: configuration directives 'pidfile' and 'driftfile' should only be allowed locally (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7704, CVE-2015-7705: Clients that receive a KoD should validate the origin timestamp field (bsc#951608).

- CVE-2015-7691, CVE-2015-7692, CVE-2015-7702: Incomplete autokey data packet length checks (bsc#951608).

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 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SDK-12-2016-727=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-SERVER-12-2016-727=1

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 :

zypper in -t patch SUSE-SLE-DESKTOP-12-2016-727=1

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

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 90991

File Name: suse_SU-2016-1247-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 2.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/05/09

Modified: 2018/01/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.4

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:X

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: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/05/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5300, CVE-2015-7691, CVE-2015-7692, CVE-2015-7701, CVE-2015-7702, CVE-2015-7703, CVE-2015-7704, CVE-2015-7705, CVE-2015-7848, CVE-2015-7849, CVE-2015-7850, CVE-2015-7851, CVE-2015-7852, CVE-2015-7853, CVE-2015-7854, CVE-2015-7855, CVE-2015-7871, 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: 116071, 126666, 129298, 129299, 129300, 129301, 129302, 129303, 129304, 129305, 129306, 129307, 129308, 129309, 129310, 129311, 129315, 133378, 133382, 133383, 133384, 133385, 133386, 133387, 133388, 133389, 133390, 133391, 133414

TRA: TRA-2015-04