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1176032: CVE-2014-9293 ntp: automatic generation of weak default key in config_auth()
It was found that ntpd automatically generated weak keys for its internal use if no ntpdc request authentication key was specified in the ntp.conf configuration file. A remote attacker able to match the configured IP restrictions could guess the generated key, and possibly use it to send ntpdc query or configuration requests.

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CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score 4
Base Metrics AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N
Access Vector Network
Access Complexity High
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact None

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extended Update Support 6.5 (ntp) RHSA-2015:0104 2015-01-28
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (ntp) RHSA-2014:2025 2014-12-20
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (ntp) RHSA-2014:2024 2014-12-20
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (ntp) RHSA-2014:2024 2014-12-20


Issue these commands to explicitly generate a strong key and add it to the
ntpd configuration:

    echo trustedkey 65535 >> /etc/ntp.conf
    printf "65535\tM\t%s\n" $(tr -cd a-zA-Z0-9 < /dev/urandom | head -c 16) >> /etc/ntp/keys

The generated key has about 95 bits of entropy.

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