CVE-2012-3570: An Error in the Handling of an Unexpected Client Identifiers can Cause Server Crash When Serving DHCPv6
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CVE-2012-3570: An Error in the Handling of an Unexpected Client Identifiers can Cause Server Crash When Serving DHCPv6

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Title:  An error in the handling of an unexpected client identifiers can cause a server crash when serving DHCPv6.

CVE: CVE-2012-3570

Document Version:         2.2

Posting date: 24 Jul 2012

Program Impacted: DHCP

Versions affected: 4.2.0 --> 4.2.4

Severity: High

Exploitable: From adjacent networks


An unexpected client identifier parameter can cause the ISC DHCP daemon to segmentation fault when running in DHCPv6 mode, resulting in a denial of service to further client requests.

In order to exploit this condition, an attacker must be able to send requests to the DHCP server.


Causes the server process to crash when a buffer overflows, resulting in a denial of service.  NOTE: DHCP versions 4.0 -->4.1.x are NOT impacted.

CVSS Score : 6.1

CVSS Equation :  (AV:A/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
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Active exploits:

None known at this time.


Upgrade affected systems to DHCP 4.2.4-P1

DHCP 4.2.4-P1 is available from

Markus Hietava of Codenomicon CROSS project for finding the vulnerability, and CERT-FI for vulnerability coordination.

Document Revision History :

1.0 - 03 July 2012 - Phase I notified
1.1 - 13 July 2012 HOLD notice sent to Phase 1 regarding new CVE being added and new public release date
1.2 - 23 July 2012 Phase 2 & 3 notified
2.0 - 24 July 2012 Phase 4-Public release
2.1 - 30 July 2012 Added Chinese Translation
2.2 - 4 August 2021 Updated broken links

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