CVE-2022-2929 DHCP memory leak
  • 05 Oct 2022
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CVE-2022-2929 DHCP memory leak

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CVE: CVE-2022-2929

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 5 October 2022

Program impacted: ISC DHCP

Versions affected:

ISC DHCP:

  • 1.0.0 -> 4.1-ESV-R16-P1
  • 4.2.0 -> 4.4.3.

Severity: Medium

Exploitable:

From any adjacent networks from which an attacker can send requests to an ISC DHCP server.

Description:

The function "fqdn_universe_decode()" allocates buffer space for the contents of option 81 (fqdn) data received in a DHCP packet. The maximum length of a DNS "label" is 63 bytes. The function tests the length byte of each label contained in the "fqdn"; if it finds a label whose length byte value is larger than 63, it returns without dereferencing the buffer space. This will cause a memory leak.

Impact:

A system with access to a DHCP server, sending DHCP packets crafted to include "fqdn" labels longer than 63 bytes, could eventually cause the server to run out of memory.

CVSS Score: 6.5

CVSS Vector: AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and to obtain your specific environmental score please visit: https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln-metrics/cvss/v3-calculator?vector=AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H&version=3.1

Workarounds:

As exploiting this vulnerability requires an attacker to send packets for an extended period of time, restarting servers periodically could be a viable workaround.

Active exploits:

We are not aware of any active exploits.

Solution:

Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of ISC DHCP. These can all be downloaded from https://www.isc.org/downloads.

  • 4.4.3-P1
  • 4.1-ESV-R16-P2

Acknowledgments:

ISC would like to thank VictorV of Cyber Kunlun Lab for discovering and reporting this issue.

Document revision history:

1.0 Early Notification, 28 September 2022
2.0 Public Disclosure, 5 October 2022

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Note:

ISC patches only currently supported versions. When possible we indicate EOL versions affected. (For current information on which versions are actively supported, please see https://www.isc.org/download/.)

ISC Security Vulnerability Disclosure Policy:

Details of our current security advisory policy and practice can be found in the ISC Software Defect and Security Vulnerability Disclosure Policy at https://kb.isc.org/docs/aa-00861.

The Knowledgebase article https://kb.isc.org/docs/cve-2022-2929 is the complete and official security advisory document.

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