DSA 1605-1: DNS vulnerability impact on the libc stub resolver
Posted on: 07/08/2008 08:40 PM

The Debian Security Team published a new security update for Debian GNU/Linux. Here the announcement:

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-1605-1 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Florian Weimer
July 08, 2008 http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : glibc
Vulnerability : DNS cache poisoning
Problem type : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Id(s) : CVE-2008-1447
CERT advisory : VU#800113


Dan Kaminsky discovered that properties inherent to the DNS protocol
lead to practical DNS spoofing and cache poisoning attacks. Among
other things, successful attacks can lead to misdirected web traffic
and email rerouting.

At this time, it is not possible to implement the recommended
countermeasures in the GNU libc stub resolver. The following
workarounds are available:

1. Install a local BIND 9 resoler on the host, possibly in
forward-only mode. BIND 9 will then use source port randomization
when sending queries over the network. (Other caching resolvers can
be used instead.)

2. Rely on IP address spoofing protection if available. Successful
attacks must spoof the address of one of the resolvers, which may not
be possible if the network is guarded properly against IP spoofing
attacks (both from internal and external sources).

This DSA will be updated when patches for hardening the stub resolver
are available.

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show lt;pkggt;' and http://packages.debian.org/lt;pkggt;
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