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Bug 547550 (CVE-2015-1868) - <net-dns/pdns-recursor-{3.3.3,3.4.5}: Label decompression bug can cause crashes on specific platforms
Summary: <net-dns/pdns-recursor-{3.3.3,3.4.5}: Label decompression bug can cause crash...
Alias: CVE-2015-1868
Product: Gentoo Security
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Vulnerabilities (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal minor (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Security
Whiteboard: B3 [noglsa]
: 547482 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-04-24 07:28 UTC by Agostino Sarubbo
Modified: 2016-11-18 23:38 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Agostino Sarubbo gentoo-dev 2015-04-24 07:28:54 UTC
From ${URL} :

Hi everybody,

Please be aware of PowerDNS Security Advisory 2015-01
(, which you
can also find below. The good news is that as far as we have seen, only
specific builds for RHEL5 are affected, but just to be sure we are doing
full releases of all recent versions of our products.

Packages and distribution tar balls of Recursor 3.6.3, Recursor 3.7.2 and Auth
3.4.4 are available in the usual places, and release announcements will be sent
out right after this email.

If you prefer a minimal patch, please go to and see README.txt there.

If you have problems upgrading, please either contact us on our mailing lists,
or privately via (should you wish to make use of
our SLA-backed support program).

We want to thank Aki Tuomi for finding this issue, and really digging into it.
We also want to thank Kees Monshouwer for assisting in debugging and fixing
the offending code. Finally we want to thank Kai Storbeck for putting an
earlier, broken version of the patch into production and being understanding
about the names that broke because of it.

PowerDNS Security Advisory 2015-01: Label decompression bug can cause crashes
on specific platforms

     * CVE: CVE-2015-1868
     * Date: 23rd of April 2015
     * Credit: Aki Tuomi
     * Affects: PowerDNS Recursor versions 3.5 and up; Authoritative
       Server 3.2 and up
     * Not affected: Recursor 3.6.3; Recursor 3.7.2; Auth 3.4.4
     * Severity: High
     * Impact: Degraded service
     * Exploit: This problem can be triggered by sending queries for
       specifically configured domains
     * Risk of system compromise: No
     * Solution: Upgrade to any of the non-affected versions
     * Workaround: Run your Recursor under a supervisor. Exposure can be
       limited by configuring the allow-from setting so only trusted
       users can query your nameserver.

   A bug was discovered in our label decompression code, making it
   possible for names to refer to themselves, thus causing a loop during
   decompression. This loop is capped at a 1000 iterations by a failsafe,
   making the issue harmless on most platforms.

   However, on specific platforms (so far, we are only aware of this
   happening on RHEL5/CentOS5), the recursion involved in these 1000 steps
   causes memory corruption leading to a quick crash, presumably because
   the default stack is too small.

   We recommend that all users upgrade to a corrected version if at all
   possible. Alternatively, if you want to apply a minimal fix to your own
   tree, please find patches here:

   These should be trivial to backport to older versions by hand.

   As for workarounds, only clients in allow-from are able to trigger the
   degraded service, so this should be limited to your userbase; further,
   we recommend running your critical services under supervision such as
   systemd, supervisord, daemontools, etc.

   We want to thank Aki Tuomi for noticing this in production, and then
   digging until he got to the absolute bottom of what at the time
   appeared to be a random and spurious failure.

@maintainer(s): after the bump, in case we need to stabilize the package, please let us know if it is ready for the stabilization or not.
Comment 1 Yury German Gentoo Infrastructure gentoo-dev 2015-04-26 12:54:42 UTC
*** Bug 547482 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Sven Wegener gentoo-dev 2015-05-18 18:44:57 UTC
I've committed 3.3.2 and 3.4.4 to the tree. 3.4 has been in tree long enough, I'd mark both versions stable, having 3.3.2 for the ones not upgrading to 3.4 now.
Comment 3 Sven Wegener gentoo-dev 2015-08-07 19:24:23 UTC
There has been a new release in the 3.3 and 3.4 release lines, both have been sitting in the tree long enough, stable candidates are 3.3.3 and 3.4.5.
Comment 4 Aaron Bauman (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2016-11-18 23:38:47 UTC
GLSA Vote: No