Multiple DNS implementations vulnerable to cache poisoning

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Wed Jul 9 14:18:04 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 02:38:38PM +0100, Simon Waters wrote:
> On Wednesday 09 July 2008 14:16:53 Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> > On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 04:39:49AM -0400, Jean-Fran?ois Mezei wrote:
> > > My DNS server made the various DNS requests from the same port and is
> > > thus vulnerable. (VMS TCPIP Services so no patches expected).
> >
> > Well, yes, but unless I've badly misunderstood the situation, all
> > that's necessary to mitigate this bug is to interpose a non-buggy
> > recursive resolver between the broken machine and the Internet at
> > large, right?
> He said "DNS server", which you wouldn't want to point at a correct named, 
> because that would be forwarding, and forwarding has its own security issues.

Assuming that he actually meant "name server" and not "the resolver
library on my VMS machine" -- lots of Unix boxes don't run a local
named either.  No offense to JF...

> I've already dragged a name server here back to a supported OS version today 
> because of this, don't see why others should escape ;)

Well, in his case, for the same reason that no one will be upgrading
the resolver library on Win98 if it's broke, I think.

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