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PowerDNS: Denial of Service


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201202-04 / pdns
Release Date February 22, 2012
Latest Revision February 22, 2012: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-dns/pdns < 3.0.1 >= 3.0.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #398403


A vulnerability in PowerDNS could allow a remote attacker to create a Denial of Service condition.

2.  Impact Information


The PowerDNS nameserver is an authoritative-only nameserver which uses a flexible backend architecture.


A vulnerability has been found in PowerDNS which could cause a packet loop of DNS responses.


A remote attacker could send specially crafted DNS response packets, possibly resulting in a Denial of Service condition.

3.  Resolution Information


PowerDNS users can set "cache-ttl=0" in /etc/powerdns/pdns.conf and then restart the PowerDNS daemon:

Code Listing 3.1: Workaround

  # /etc/init.d/pdns restart

Please review the PowerDNS Security Advisory below for more workaround details.


All PowerDNS users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-dns/pdns-3.0.1"

4.  References


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