Debian DLA-559-1 : ntp security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 92546
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The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


Several vulnerabilities were discovered in the Network Time Protocol daemon and utility programs :


Matt Street discovered that insufficient key validation allows impersonation attacks between authenticated peers.

CVE-2015-7977 / CVE-2015-7978

Stephen Gray discovered that a NULL pointer dereference and a buffer overflow in the handling of 'ntpdc reslist' commands may result in denial of service.


Aanchal Malhotra discovered that if NTP is configured for broadcast mode, an attacker can send malformed authentication packets which break associations with the server for other broadcast clients.


Matthew van Gundy and Jonathan Gardner discovered that missing validation of origin timestamps in ntpd clients may result in denial of service.


Jonathan Gardner discovered that missing input sanitising in ntpq may result in denial of service.


Stephen Gray and Matthew van Gundy discovered that incorrect handling of crypto NAK packets my result in denial of service.


Jonathan Gardner and Miroslav Lichvar discovered that ntpd clients could be forced to change from basic client/server mode to interleaved symmetric mode, preventing time synchronisation.


Matthew van Gundy, Stephen Gray and Loganaden Velvindron discovered that timing leaks in the the packet authentication code could result in recovery of a message digest.


Yihan Lian discovered that duplicate IPs on 'unconfig' directives will trigger an assert.


Yihan Lian discovered that an OOB memory access could potentially crash ntpd.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 1:4.2.6.p5+dfsg-2+deb7u7.

We recommend that you upgrade your ntp packages.

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


Upgrade the affected ntp, ntp-doc, and ntpdate packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 92546

File Name: debian_DLA-559.nasl

Version: 2.13

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 7/26/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.1

Temporal Score: 5.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

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


Risk Factor: High

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: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:ntp, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:ntp-doc, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:ntpdate, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/25/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-7974, CVE-2015-7977, CVE-2015-7978, CVE-2015-7979, CVE-2015-8138, CVE-2015-8158, CVE-2016-1547, CVE-2016-1548, CVE-2016-1550, CVE-2016-2516, CVE-2016-2518