[ntp:questions] What to do for clients less than 4.2.8?

Jochen Bern Jochen.Bern at LINworks.de
Sun Dec 21 15:53:40 UTC 2014

On 12/21/2014 12:38 PM, Rob wrote:
> David Woolley <david at ex.djwhome.demon.invalid> wrote:
>> On 21/12/14 10:48, Rob wrote:
>>> People say "disable crypto" but there is no clear direction in the docs
>>> on how to do that.
>> I would assume by not enabling it.
> Ok, but in that case why the worry about the "millions of vulnerable
> servers" on the internet, I think most users who just want to get and
> serve time don't spend the week of time needed to get the crypto working
> and to coordinate with other servers doing the same.

According to what I read on


-- CVE-2014-9293 *might* be exploitable on ntpd's that do *not* have
   explicit crypto settings in the config (but might be stopped by
   proper restrictions, it doesn't say),
-- CVE-2014-9294 is irrelevant for non-crypto setups,
-- *One third* of CVE-2014-9295 (the crypto_recv() part) requires an
   autokey setup, but the other two might not, and there's no statement
   of other requirements beyond basic reachability, and
-- CVE-2014-9296 is *probably* unexploitable.

As far as I'm concerned, 0.66 * -9295 is enough for me to grab the
backports from the repos for our outward-serving ntpds right now ...

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