DSA 1619-1: New python-dns packages fix DNS response spoofing
Posted on: 07/27/2008 10:45 AM

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

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-1619-1 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Devin Carraway
July 27, 2008 http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : python-dns
Vulnerability : DNS response spoofing
Problem type : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Id(s) : CVE-2008-1447
Debian Bug : 490217

Multiple weaknesses have been identified in PyDNS, a DNS client
implementation for the Python language. Dan Kaminsky identified a
practical vector of DNS response spoofing and cache poisoning,
exploiting the limited entropy in a DNS transaction ID and lack of
UDP source port randomization in many DNS implementations. Scott
Kitterman noted that python-dns is vulnerable to this predictability,
as it randomizes neither its transaction ID nor its source port.
Taken together, this lack of entropy leaves applications using
python-dns to perform DNS queries highly susceptible to response
forgery.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies this
class of weakness as CVE-2008-1447.

For the stable distribution (etch), these problems have been fixed in
version 2.3.0-5.2+etch1.

We recommend that you upgrade your python-dns package.

Upgrade instructions
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wget url
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.


Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch
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Debian (stable)
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Stable updates are available for alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390 and sparc.

Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/p/python-dns/python-dns_2.3.0.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 21084 82d377c6a59181072b30b0da4e9835b8
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/p/python-dns/python-dns_2.3.0-5.2+etch1.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 3444 06a021e1cf9836cec4bbe72461bab137
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/p/python-dns/python-dns_2.3.0-5.2+etch1.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 695 c2e7178128b7033952b7795b358dea0b

Architecture independent packages:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/p/python-dns/python-dns_2.3.0-5.2+etch1_all.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 22750 b544ce3edb7d2051811ec743a49206a1


These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
its next update.

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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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