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Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:42:44 -0600
From: Kurt Seifried <kseifried@...hat.com>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
CC: Russ Allbery <rra@...nford.edu>
Subject: Re: Reverse lookup issue in Net::Server

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On 03/04/2013 12:36 PM, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Remi Gacogne <rgacogne-bugs@...edump.fr> writes:
> 
>> I think there is a security issue in the way the access control
>> feature of Net::Server
>> (http://search.cpan.org/perldoc?Net%3A%3AServer) works. 
>> Net::Server is used by various projects including Munin, Postgrey
>> and SQLgrey.
> 
>> The issue lies in the fact that the allow / deny access control
>> does not perform a valid DNS check when given a hostname
>> parameter and the 'reverse_lookups' option is enabled.  The
>> current code only checks that the incoming connection source IP
>> address has a reverse DNS matching the given hostname, but does
>> not check that the hostname resolves back to this source IP
>> address (see how the $prop->{'peerhost'} property is set in
>> get_client_info(), lib/Net/Server.pm:553, then used in
>> allow_deny(), lib/Net/Server.pm:597).  As it is trivial for an
>> attacker to be able to set his own source IP's reverse DNS, the
>> current check is not safe (this probably matches CWE-807:
>> Reliance on Untrusted Inputs in a Security Decision).
> 
> This is a very weak security measure, but yes, the need to check
> the reverse DNS results with a forward DNS query to make the
> security check at all useful has been well-known going all the way
> back to the days when TCP wrappers was the UNIX firewalling system
> of choice.  I remember discussion of this in security contexts in
> 1994, and I'm sure it was an old discussion even then.

Yup. Please use CVE-2013-1841 for this issue.

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Kurt Seifried Red Hat Security Response Team (SRT)
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