Security Bulletin: ISC DHCP server for IBM i is vulnerable to a denial of service attack due to a memory leak and refererence count overflow (CVE-2022-2928, CVE-2022-2929)

Summary

ISC DHCP server on IBM i is vulnerable to a denial of service attack due to a memory leak in the fqdn_universe_decode function and a reference count overflow in the add_option function as described in the vulnerability details section. IBM i has addressed the vulnerabilities in ISC DHCP server with a fix as described in the remediation/fixes section.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2022-2929
DESCRIPTION:   ISC DHCP is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by a memory leak in the fqdn_universe_decode() function. By sending specially crafted DHCP packets for an extended period of time, a remote attacker from within the local network could exploit this vulnerability to cause the server to run out of memory.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/237823 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

CVEID:   CVE-2022-2928
DESCRIPTION:   ISC DHCP is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an option refcount overflow in the add_option() function. A remote attacker from within the local network could exploit this vulnerability to overflow the reference counters and cause the server to abort.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/237822 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:A/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

 

Affected Product(s)Version(s)IBM i7.5IBM i7.4IBM i7.3IBM i7.2

Remediation/Fixes

The issue can be fixed by applying a PTF to IBM i.  IBM i 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, and 7.2 will be fixed.

The IBM i PTF numbers contain the fix for the vulnerabilities.

 

https://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral

Important note: IBM recommends that all users running unsupported versions of affected products upgrade to supported and fixed version of affected products.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

References

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Change History

02 Dec 2022: Initial Publication

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.

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