USN-3096-1: NTP vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3096-1

5th October, 2016

ntp vulnerabilities

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

Several security issues were fixed in NTP.

Software description

  • ntp - Network Time Protocol daemon and utility programs

Details

Aanchal Malhotra discovered that NTP incorrectly handled authenticated
broadcast mode. A remote attacker could use this issue to perform a replay
attack. (CVE-2015-7973)

Matt Street discovered that NTP incorrectly verified peer associations of
symmetric keys. A remote attacker could use this issue to perform an
impersonation attack. (CVE-2015-7974)

Jonathan Gardner discovered that the NTP ntpq utility incorrectly handled
memory. An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause ntpq to crash,
resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 16.04
LTS. (CVE-2015-7975)

Jonathan Gardner discovered that the NTP ntpq utility incorrectly handled
dangerous characters in filenames. An attacker could possibly use this
issue to overwrite arbitrary files. (CVE-2015-7976)

Stephen Gray discovered that NTP incorrectly handled large restrict lists.
An attacker could use this issue to cause NTP to crash, resulting in a
denial of service. (CVE-2015-7977, CVE-2015-7978)

Aanchal Malhotra discovered that NTP incorrectly handled authenticated
broadcast mode. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause NTP to
crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2015-7979)

Jonathan Gardner discovered that NTP incorrectly handled origin timestamp
checks. A remote attacker could use this issue to spoof peer servers.
(CVE-2015-8138)

Jonathan Gardner discovered that the NTP ntpq utility did not properly
handle certain incorrect values. An attacker could possibly use this issue
to cause ntpq to hang, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2015-8158)

It was discovered that the NTP cronjob incorrectly cleaned up the
statistics directory. A local attacker could possibly use this to escalate
privileges. (CVE-2016-0727)

Stephen Gray and Matthew Van Gundy discovered that NTP incorrectly
validated crypto-NAKs. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to
prevent clients from synchronizing. (CVE-2016-1547)

Miroslav Lichvar and Jonathan Gardner discovered that NTP incorrectly
handled switching to interleaved symmetric mode. A remote attacker could
possibly use this issue to prevent clients from synchronizing.
(CVE-2016-1548)

Matthew Van Gundy, Stephen Gray and Loganaden Velvindron discovered that
NTP incorrectly handled message authentication. A remote attacker could
possibly use this issue to recover the message digest key. (CVE-2016-1550)

Yihan Lian discovered that NTP incorrectly handled duplicate IPs on
unconfig directives. An authenticated remote attacker could possibly use
this issue to cause NTP to crash, resulting in a denial of service.
(CVE-2016-2516)

Yihan Lian discovered that NTP incorrectly handled certail peer
associations. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause NTP
to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-2518)

Jakub Prokes discovered that NTP incorrectly handled certain spoofed
packets. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial
of service. (CVE-2016-4954)

Miroslav Lichvar discovered that NTP incorrectly handled certain packets
when autokey is enabled. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to
cause a denial of service. (CVE-2016-4955)

Miroslav Lichvar discovered that NTP incorrectly handled certain spoofed
broadcast packets. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to
cause a denial of service. (CVE-2016-4956)

In the default installation, attackers would be isolated by the NTP
AppArmor profile.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
ntp 1:4.2.8p4+dfsg-3ubuntu5.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
ntp 1:4.2.6.p5+dfsg-3ubuntu2.14.04.10
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:
ntp 1:4.2.6.p3+dfsg-1ubuntu3.11

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2015-7973, CVE-2015-7974, CVE-2015-7975, CVE-2015-7976, CVE-2015-7977, CVE-2015-7978, CVE-2015-7979, CVE-2015-8138, CVE-2015-8158, CVE-2016-0727, CVE-2016-1547, CVE-2016-1548, CVE-2016-1550, CVE-2016-2516, CVE-2016-2518, CVE-2016-4954, CVE-2016-4955, CVE-2016-4956