MaraDNS Information for VU#800113
Multiple DNS implementations vulnerable to cache poisoning
- Vendor Information Help Date Notified:
- Statement Date: 27 Jun 2008
- Date Updated: 10 Jul 2008
MaraDNS uses a secure random number generator to generate both the query
ID and the port to bind to. In more detail, MaraDNS uses information from
the file /dev/urandom as a random seed to generate a cryptographic key.
Using a variant of AES, MaraDNS has 16 bits of entropy for the query ID
and 12 bits of entropy for the source port.
Deadwood, a from-the-ground-up reimplementation of MaraDNS also uses a secure
random number generator. Instead of using an AES variant, Deadwood uses a
stream cipher called "Radio Gatun" (a derivative of Panama) as the random
Note that the Windows port, if improperly configured, will have possible
security issues because there is not a convenient pool of random numbers
on that platform.
So, in summary, I am aware of this security problem and have gone to some
effort make sure MaraDNS (and Deadwood) does not have this issue.
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