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Date: Mon,  6 Apr 2015 12:29:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Request CVE for LinuxNode - DoS vulnerability

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> So, the questions are:
> 1. Is the above reasonable, i.e., there was (at one time) ... sent us a confirmation without a Cc to oss-security.

The CVE mapping is:

> a single
> vulnerability affecting both node and URONode in which a client could
> use "quit" within telnet, and thereby cause the server to waste
> network bandwidth on a radio path

Use CVE-2015-2927. The known affected version of node (aka LinuxNode)
is 0.3.2 (for Debian, the "ax25-node" package name is associated with
the "node" source-package name). Within the URONode changelog, the
relevant entry is apparently "21/05/08 v1.0.5r3 ... I added a
quit_handler routine in the main loop which now will execute a
node_logout(), flush out the IPCs, log the event to syslog, and close
out the application properly."

> app fails to close and more can be spawned by a crafty malicious
> user thus bringing the system to a point of no memory available.

This does not have a CVE ID. The node software was not attempting to
defend against a scenario in which a single client user causes
arbitrarily many node processes to run on the server simultaneously.
The node software runs as a service under inetd (or a similar
program), and any related restrictions would ordinarily be part of the
inetd configuration. Lack of restrictions is a site-specific problem.

("crafty malicious user" means, for example: if a client were allowed
to have 100 simultaneous node processes, the malicious user could
choose a request timing that ensured that 100 processes were always

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