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Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 14:53:49 -0600
From: Vincent Danen <>
Subject: CVE-2002-2443: Kerberos kpasswd UDP ping-pong vulnerability

This flaw has commonly been referred to as CVE-1999-0103 because that
CVE also describes a UDP ping-pong attack.  The same type of issue
exists in kadmind's kpasswd handling, but unfortunately no one told
upstream for the last decade.  CVE-1999-0103 never mentioned krb5 in any
way other than with regards to a Nessus plugin that tests for the
CVE-1999-0103 weakness in kpasswd handling.

Upstream now knows and a fix is available.  Cut-n-paste from our bug
report follows:

A flaw in certain programs that handle UDP traffic was discovered and
assigned the name CVE-1999-0103 (that CVE specifically mentions echo and
chargen as vulnerable).  In 2002, a Nessus plugin was included [1] that
reference this CVE name, but was for the kpasswd service.  Until
recently, this issue had not been reported upstream.  This issue has
since been reported upstream [2] and is now fixed [3].

If a malicious remote user were to spoof their IP address to that of
another server running kadmind with the password change port (kpasswd,
port 464), or to the target server's IP address itself), kpasswd will
pass UDP packets to the spoofed address and reply each time.  This can
be used to consume bandwidth and CPU on the affected servers running

This should be fixed in the for krb5-1.11.3 release.


After discussing with upstream and MITRE, it was decided that this issue
needed its own CVE name, so it was assigned CVE-2002-2443.

I can't find an email address for Tenable, so I'll probably just use
their contact form and post to the archive for this message so they can
adjust the name of that particular script.

Vincent Danen / Red Hat Security Response Team 

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