Oracle Linux 6 / 7 : ntp (ELSA-2017-0252)

High Nessus Plugin ID 97036


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


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2017:0252 :

An update for ntp is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having a security impact of Moderate. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available for each vulnerability from the CVE link(s) in the References section.

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize a computer's time with another referenced time source. These packages include the ntpd service which continuously adjusts system time and utilities used to query and configure the ntpd service.

Security Fix(es) :

* It was found that when ntp is configured with rate limiting for all associations the limits are also applied to responses received from its configured sources. A remote attacker who knows the sources can cause a denial of service by preventing ntpd from accepting valid responses from its sources. (CVE-2016-7426)

* A flaw was found in the control mode functionality of ntpd. A remote attacker could send a crafted control mode packet which could lead to information disclosure or result in DDoS amplification attacks.

* A flaw was found in the way ntpd implemented the trap service. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted packet to cause a NULL pointer dereference that will crash ntpd, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-9311)

* A flaw was found in the way ntpd running on a host with multiple network interfaces handled certain server responses. A remote attacker could use this flaw which would cause ntpd to not synchronize with the source. (CVE-2016-7429)

* A flaw was found in the way ntpd calculated the root delay. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted spoofed packet to cause denial of service or in some special cases even crash. (CVE-2016-7433)


Update the affected ntp packages. However, note that updated packages may not be available from the Oracle repository or its mirrors at this time.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 97036

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2017-0252.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/02/07

Modified: 2017/04/17

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.1

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


Base Score: 6.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ntp, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ntp-doc, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ntp-perl, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:ntpdate, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:sntp, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:6, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:7

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

Patch Publication Date: 2017/02/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-7426, CVE-2016-7429, CVE-2016-7433, CVE-2016-9310, CVE-2016-9311

RHSA: 2017:0252