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Honeyd remote detection vulnerability via a probe packet


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200401-02 / honeyd
Release Date January 21, 2004
Latest Revision January 21, 2004: 01
Impact low
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-analyzer/honeyd < 0.8 >= 0.8 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #38934


Identification of Honeyd installations allows an adversary to launch attacks specifically against Honeyd. No remote root exploit is currently known.

2.  Impact Information


Honeyd is a virtual honeypot daemon that can simulate virtual hosts on unallocated IP addresses.


A bug in handling NMAP fingerprints caused Honeyd to reply to TCP packets with both the SYN and RST flags set. Watching for replies, it is possible to detect IP addresses simulated by Honeyd.


Although there are no public exploits known for Honeyd, the detection of Honeyd IP addresses may in some cases be undesirable.

3.  Resolution Information


Honeyd 0.8 has been released along with an advisory to address this issue. In addition, Honeyd 0.8 drops privileges if permitted by the configuration file and contains command line flags to force dropping of privileges.


All users are recommended to update to honeyd version 0.8:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

$> emerge sync
$> emerge -pv ">=net-analyzer/honeyd-0.8"
$> emerge ">=net-analyzer/honeyd-0.8"

4.  References


Page updated January 21, 2004

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