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ISC DHCP: Denial of Service


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200808-05 / dhcp
Release Date August 06, 2008
Latest Revision August 06, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-misc/dhcp < 3.1.1 >= 3.1.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #227135


A Denial of Service vulnerability was discovered in ISC DHCP.

2.  Impact Information


ISC DHCP is ISC's reference implementation of all aspects of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.


A buffer overflow error was found in ISC DHCP server, that can only be exploited under unusual server configurations where the DHCP server is configured to provide clients with a large set of DHCP options.


A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a Denial of Service.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All ISC DHCP users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-misc/dhcp-3.1.1"

4.  References


Page updated August 06, 2008

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