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leafnode security announcement leafnode-SA-2005-01
From: Matthias Andree <matthias.andree () gmx de>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 17:23:11 +0200
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Topic: potential denial of service in leafnode
Writer: Matthias Andree
Type: potential denial of service
Impact: fetchnews crashes, some servers not queried
- malicious upstream server can easily be unlisted
CVE Name: requested from FreeBSD CNA, for updates, please
Affects: leafnode versions 1.9.48 to 1.11.1 inclusively
Not affected: leafnode 1.11.2
Default install: affected.
Corrected: 2005-05-04 10:09 UTC (CVS) - committed corrected version
2005-05-04 leafnode 1.11.2 released
0. Release history
2005-05-04 1.00 initial announcement
leafnode is a store-and-forward proxy for Usenet news, is uses the
network news transfer protocol (NNTP). It consists of several
collaborating programs, the server part is usually started by inetd,
xinetd or tcpserver, the client part is usually started by cron or
This security announcement pertains to leafnode-1, the stable branch.
The leafnode-2 development branch has not yet seen a stable release, so
it is not subject to security announcements.
2. Problem description
Two vulnerabilities were found in the fetchnews program (the NNTP
client). These can cause the fetchnews program to crash when the
upstream server closes the connection while leafnode is receiving (1) an
article header, or (2) an article body.
A malicious upstream server that purposefully drops the connection after
fetchnews has requested an article header or body can prevent fetchnews
from ever querying other servers that are listed after the malicious
server in the configuration file.
Comment out all configuration pertaining to the malicious server.
Note that this is not a full solution as transient network errors can
also cause delays in querying other network servers, and it requires
manual intervention to find out which server is malicious.
Upgrade your leafnode package to version 1.11.2.
leafnode 1.11.2 is available from SourceForge:
Leafnode 1.X versions are deemed stable, and it is usually best to go
for the latest released 1.X version to have all the other bug fixes as
leafnode home page: <http://leafnode.sourceforge.net/>
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- leafnode security announcement leafnode-SA-2005-01 Matthias Andree (May 05)