Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:42:52 +0200 From: Vasyl Kaigorodov <vkaigoro@...hat.com> To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com Subject: CVE request: PowerDNS in default configuration is vulnerable to DoS attack It was found  that in default configuration PowerDNS is allowed to consume more file descriptors than is available for a default installation of many Linux distributions. Default configuration is: 2 threads / 2048 max-mthreads, which leads to a theoretical FD consumption of 4096. Default FD limit on many distributions is 1024. This can potentially lead to the DoS attack. Workaround (from ): - Reduce max-mthreads to 512 (or threads to 1 and max-mthreads to 1024) (max-mthreads was introduced in Recursor 3.2; but if you are running a version that old, please upgrade it!) - Run ‘ulimit -n 32768′ before starting (perhaps put this in /etc/init.d/ script). There’s little reason to skip on this number. - Investigate defaults in /etc/security/limits.conf Patch is available at  : http://blog.powerdns.com/2014/02/06/related-to-recent-dos-attacks-recursor-configuration-file-guidance/ : https://github.com/Habbie/pdns/commit/e24b124a4c7b49f38ff8bcf6926cd69077d16ad8 References: https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13521 https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1109231 Can a CVE please be assigned if one has not been already? Thanks. -- Vasyl Kaigorodov | Red Hat Product Security Team PGP: 0xABB6E828 A7E0 87FF 5AB5 48EB 47D0 2868 217B F9FC ABB6 E828 [ CONTENT OF TYPE application/pgp-signature SKIPPED ]
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