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By the Year

In 2024 there have been 1 vulnerability in Powerdns Recursor with an average score of 7.5 out of ten. Last year Recursor had 2 security vulnerabilities published. At the current rates, it appears that the number of vulnerabilities last year and this year may equal out. However, the average CVE base score of the vulnerabilities in 2024 is greater by 1.10.

Year Vulnerabilities Average Score
2024 1 7.50
2023 2 6.40
2022 2 7.00
2021 0 0.00
2020 5 7.32
2019 2 8.95
2018 5 6.42

It may take a day or so for new Recursor vulnerabilities to show up in the stats or in the list of recent security vulnerabilties. Additionally vulnerabilities may be tagged under a different product or component name.

Recent Powerdns Recursor Security Vulnerabilities

Certain DNSSEC aspects of the DNS protocol (in RFC 4033, 4034, 4035, 6840, and related RFCs)

CVE-2023-50387 7.5 - High - February 14, 2024

Certain DNSSEC aspects of the DNS protocol (in RFC 4033, 4034, 4035, 6840, and related RFCs) allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) via one or more DNSSEC responses, aka the "KeyTrap" issue. One of the concerns is that, when there is a zone with many DNSKEY and RRSIG records, the protocol specification implies that an algorithm must evaluate all combinations of DNSKEY and RRSIG records.

Allocation of Resources Without Limits or Throttling

Denial of service vulnerability in PowerDNS Recursor

CVE-2023-26437 5.3 - Medium - April 04, 2023

Denial of service vulnerability in PowerDNS Recursor allows authoritative servers to be marked unavailable.This issue affects Recursor: through 4.6.5, through 4.7.4 , through 4.8.3.

A remote attacker might be able to cause infinite recursion in PowerDNS Recursor 4.8.0 via a DNS query

CVE-2023-22617 7.5 - High - January 21, 2023

A remote attacker might be able to cause infinite recursion in PowerDNS Recursor 4.8.0 via a DNS query that retrieves DS records for a misconfigured domain, because QName minimization is used in QM fallback mode. This is fixed in 4.8.1.

Stack Exhaustion

PowerDNS Recursor up to and including 4.5.9, 4.6.2 and 4.7.1, when protobuf logging is enabled, has Improper Cleanup upon a Thrown Exception, leading to a denial of service (daemon crash) via a DNS query

CVE-2022-37428 6.5 - Medium - August 23, 2022

PowerDNS Recursor up to and including 4.5.9, 4.6.2 and 4.7.1, when protobuf logging is enabled, has Improper Cleanup upon a Thrown Exception, leading to a denial of service (daemon crash) via a DNS query that leads to an answer with specific properties.

Insufficient Cleanup

In PowerDNS Authoritative Server before 4.4.3

CVE-2022-27227 7.5 - High - March 25, 2022

In PowerDNS Authoritative Server before 4.4.3, 4.5.x before 4.5.4, and 4.6.x before 4.6.1 and PowerDNS Recursor before 4.4.8, 4.5.x before 4.5.8, and 4.6.x before 4.6.1, insufficient validation of an IXFR end condition causes incomplete zone transfers to be handled as successful transfers.

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor before 4.1.18, 4.2.x before 4.2.5, and 4.3.x before 4.3.5

CVE-2020-25829 7.5 - High - October 16, 2020

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor before 4.1.18, 4.2.x before 4.2.5, and 4.3.x before 4.3.5. A remote attacker can cause the cached records for a given name to be updated to the Bogus DNSSEC validation state, instead of their actual DNSSEC Secure state, via a DNS ANY query. This results in a denial of service for installation that always validate (dnssec=validate), and for clients requesting validation when on-demand validation is enabled (dnssec=process).

In PowerDNS Recursor versions up to and including 4.3.1

CVE-2020-14196 5.3 - Medium - July 01, 2020

In PowerDNS Recursor versions up to and including 4.3.1, 4.2.2 and 4.1.16, the ACL restricting access to the internal web server is not properly enforced.

AuthZ

PowerDNS Recursor from 4.1.0 up to and including 4.3.0 does not sufficiently defend against amplification attacks

CVE-2020-10995 7.5 - High - May 19, 2020

PowerDNS Recursor from 4.1.0 up to and including 4.3.0 does not sufficiently defend against amplification attacks. An issue in the DNS protocol has been found that allow malicious parties to use recursive DNS services to attack third party authoritative name servers. The attack uses a crafted reply by an authoritative name server to amplify the resulting traffic between the recursive and other authoritative name servers. Both types of service can suffer degraded performance as an effect. This is triggered by random subdomains in the NSDNAME in NS records. PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.16, 4.2.2 and 4.3.1 contain a mitigation to limit the impact of this DNS protocol issue.

Resource Exhaustion

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.0 up to and including 4.3.0

CVE-2020-10030 8.8 - High - May 19, 2020

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.0 up to and including 4.3.0. It allows an attacker (with enough privileges to change the system's hostname) to cause disclosure of uninitialized memory content via a stack-based out-of-bounds read. It only occurs on systems where gethostname() does not have '\0' termination of the returned string if the hostname is larger than the supplied buffer. (Linux systems are not affected because the buffer is always large enough. OpenBSD systems are not affected because the returned hostname always has '\0' termination.) Under some conditions, this issue can lead to the writing of one '\0' byte out-of-bounds on the stack, causing a denial of service or possibly arbitrary code execution.

Out-of-bounds Read

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.0 through 4.3.0 where records in the answer section of a NXDOMAIN response lacking an SOA were not properly validated in SyncRes::processAnswer

CVE-2020-12244 7.5 - High - May 19, 2020

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor 4.1.0 through 4.3.0 where records in the answer section of a NXDOMAIN response lacking an SOA were not properly validated in SyncRes::processAnswer, allowing an attacker to bypass DNSSEC validation.

Improper Verification of Cryptographic Signature

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor versions after 4.1.3 before 4.1.9 where Lua hooks are not properly applied to queries received over TCP in some specific combination of settings

CVE-2019-3806 8.1 - High - January 29, 2019

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor versions after 4.1.3 before 4.1.9 where Lua hooks are not properly applied to queries received over TCP in some specific combination of settings, possibly bypassing security policies enforced using Lua.

7PK - Security Features

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor versions 4.1.x before 4.1.9 where records in the answer section of responses received from authoritative servers with the AA flag not set were not properly validated

CVE-2019-3807 9.8 - Critical - January 29, 2019

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor versions 4.1.x before 4.1.9 where records in the answer section of responses received from authoritative servers with the AA flag not set were not properly validated, allowing an attacker to bypass DNSSEC validation.

Improper Certificate Validation

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor before version 4.1.8 where a remote attacker sending a DNS query

CVE-2018-16855 7.5 - High - December 03, 2018

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor before version 4.1.8 where a remote attacker sending a DNS query can trigger an out-of-bounds memory read while computing the hash of the query for a packet cache lookup, possibly leading to a crash.

Out-of-bounds Read

PowerDNS Authoritative Server 4.1.0 up to 4.1.4 inclusive and PowerDNS Recursor 4.0.0 up to 4.1.4 inclusive are vulnerable to a packet cache pollution via crafted query

CVE-2018-14626 7.5 - High - November 29, 2018

PowerDNS Authoritative Server 4.1.0 up to 4.1.4 inclusive and PowerDNS Recursor 4.0.0 up to 4.1.4 inclusive are vulnerable to a packet cache pollution via crafted query that can lead to denial of service.

PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.3.0 up to 4.1.4 excluding 4.1.5 and 4.0.6, and PowerDNS Recursor 3.2 up to 4.1.4 excluding 4.1.5 and 4.0.9, are vulnerable to a memory leak while parsing malformed records

CVE-2018-10851 7.5 - High - November 29, 2018

PowerDNS Authoritative Server 3.3.0 up to 4.1.4 excluding 4.1.5 and 4.0.6, and PowerDNS Recursor 3.2 up to 4.1.4 excluding 4.1.5 and 4.0.9, are vulnerable to a memory leak while parsing malformed records that can lead to remote denial of service.

Missing Release of Resource after Effective Lifetime

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor from 4.0.0 up to and including 4.1.4

CVE-2018-14644 5.9 - Medium - November 09, 2018

An issue has been found in PowerDNS Recursor from 4.0.0 up to and including 4.1.4. A remote attacker sending a DNS query for a meta-type like OPT can lead to a zone being wrongly cached as failing DNSSEC validation. It only arises if the parent zone is signed, and all the authoritative servers for that parent zone answer with FORMERR to a query for at least one of the meta-types. As a result, subsequent queries from clients requesting DNSSEC validation will be answered with a ServFail.

Improper Input Validation

Improper input validation bugs in DNSSEC validators components in PowerDNS version 4.1.0

CVE-2018-1000003 3.7 - Low - January 22, 2018

Improper input validation bugs in DNSSEC validators components in PowerDNS version 4.1.0 allow attacker in man-in-the-middle position to deny existence of some data in DNS via packet replay.

Improper Input Validation

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