ISC dhclient did not strip or escape certain shell meta-characters in responses from the dhcp server (like hostname) before passing the responses on to dhclient-script. Depending on the script and OS, this can result in execution of exploit code on the client.
CVSS Score: 6.8 (AV:A/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:C)
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On SUSE systems, it is possible to disable hostname update by setting DHCLIENT_SET_HOSTNAME="no" in /etc/sysconfig/network/dhcp.
Other systems may add following line to dhclient-script at the beginning of the set_hostname() function:
In environments where filters/acls can be put into place to limit clients to accessing only legitimate dhcp servers, this will protect clients
from rogue dhcp servers deliberately trying to exploit this bug. However, this will not protect from compromised servers.
Upgrade to 3.1-ESV-R1, 4.1-ESV-R2 or 4.2.1-P1. https://www.isc.org/downloads/all
No patch is available for 4.0.x as it is EOL. Anyone running 4.1.x should upgrade to 4.1-ESV-R2.
Sebastian Krahmer and Marius Tomaschewski, SUSE Security Team
Mar29-Updated CVSS score
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