CVE-2018-5733: A malicious client can overflow a reference counter in ISC dhcpd
- Updated on 28 Feb 2018
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28 February 2018
4.1.0 -> 4.1-ESV-R15, 4.2.0 -> 4.2.8, 4.3.0 -> 4.3.6, 4.4.0
A malicious client which is allowed to send very large amounts of traffic (billions of packets) to a DHCP server can eventually overflow a 32-bit reference counter, potentially causing dhcpd to crash.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may exhaust the memory available to dhcpd and/or cause it to crash, resulting in a denial of service to clients.
CVSS Score: 5.9
CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H
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No known active exploits.
Solution: Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of DHCP.
- DHCP 4.1-ESV-R15-P1
- DHCP 4.3.6-P1
- DHCP 4.4.1
Acknowledgements: ISC would like to thank Felix Wilhelm, Google Security Team, for reporting this vulnerability.
Document Revision History:
1.0 Advance Notification 21 February 2018 2.0 Public Disclosure 28 February 2018
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