.................with apologies to Alistair Cook

Saturday, 9 August 2008

More bad news on DNS

From Evgeniy Polyakov.

Looks as though the $5K prize to break DJBDNS may still not have to be paid out as this doesn't qualify even though it is vulnerable...

Sat, 09 Aug 2008
Russian physicist.

That is how I was called in New York Times with all this hype about DNS poisoning attack.

Unfortunately I already do not remember what electron charge is and how to describe Higgs boson even to myself. Things moved away almost 10 years ago :)

Article says, that DJBDNS does not suffer from this attack. It does. Everyone does. With some tweaks it can take longer than BIND, but overall problem is there.

But that's enough for this story. I'm moving to another interesting developments.

Fri, 08 Aug 2008
Successfully poisoned the latest BIND with fully randomized ports!

Exploit required to send more than 130 thousand of requests for the fake records like 131737-4795-15081.blah.com to be able to match port and ID and insert poisoned entry for the poisoned_dns.blah.com.

# dig @localhost www.blah.com +norecurse

; <<>> DiG 9.5.0-P2 <<>> @localhost www.blah.com +norecurse
; (1 server found)
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 6950
;; flags: qr ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 1

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.blah.com. IN A

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
www.blah.com. 73557 IN NS poisoned_dns.blah.com.

;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
poisoned_dns.blah.com. 73557 IN A 1.2.3.4

# named -v
BIND 9.5.0-P2
BIND used fully randomized source port range, i.e. around 64000 ports. Two attacking servers, connected to the attacked one via GigE link, were used, each one attacked 1-2 ports with full ID range. Usually attacking server is able to send about 40-50 thousands fake replies before remote server returns the correct one, so if port was matched probability of the successful poisoning is more than 60%.

Attack took about half of the day, i.e. a bit less than 10 hours.
So, if you have a GigE lan, any trojaned machine can poison your DNS during one night...