Moderate CentOS dnsmasq Update


dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.i686.rpm, dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.src.rpm, dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.x86_64.rpm, dnsmasq-utils-2.48-13.el6.i686.rpm, dnsmasq-utils-2.48-13.el6.x86_64.rpm,,
2018-01-18 11:05
2017-07-27 19:04
2017-04-01 19:06
2017-01-05 20:10


Updated dnsmasq packages that fix one security issue, one bug, and add
various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having moderate
security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,
which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in
the References section.

The dnsmasq packages contain Dnsmasq, a lightweight DNS (Domain Name
Server) forwarder and DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server.

It was discovered that dnsmasq, when used in combination with certain
libvirtd configurations, could incorrectly process network packets from
network interfaces that were intended to be prohibited. A remote,
unauthenticated attacker could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of
service via DNS amplification attacks. (CVE-2012-3411)

In order to fully address this issue, libvirt package users are advised to
install updated libvirt packages. Refer to RHSA-2013:0276 for additional

This update also fixes the following bug:

* Due to a regression, the lease change script was disabled. Consequently,
the "dhcp-script" option in the /etc/dnsmasq.conf configuration file did
not work. This update corrects the problem and the "dhcp-script" option now
works as expected. (BZ#815819)

This update also adds the following enhancements:

* Prior to this update, dnsmasq did not validate that the tftp directory
given actually existed and was a directory. Consequently, configuration
errors were not immediately reported on startup. This update improves the
code to validate the tftp root directory option. As a result, fault finding
is simplified especially when dnsmasq is called by external processes such
as libvirt. (BZ#824214)

* The dnsmasq init script used an incorrect Process Identifier (PID) in the
"stop", "restart", and "condrestart" commands. Consequently, if there were
some dnsmasq instances running besides the system one started by the init
script, then repeated calling of "service dnsmasq" with "stop" or "restart"
would kill all running dnsmasq instances, including ones not started with
the init script. The dnsmasq init script code has been corrected to obtain
the correct PID when calling the "stop", "restart", and "condrestart"
commands. As a result, if there are dnsmasq instances running in addition
to the system one started by the init script, then by calling "service
dnsmasq" with "stop" or "restart" only the system one is stopped or
restarted. (BZ#850944)

* When two or more dnsmasq processes were running with DHCP enabled on one
interface, DHCP RELEASE packets were sometimes lost. Consequently, when two
or more dnsmasq processes were running with DHCP enabled on one interface,
releasing IP addresses sometimes failed. This update sets the
SO_BINDTODEVICE socket option on DHCP sockets if running dnsmasq with DHCP
enabled on one interface. As a result, when two or more dnsmasq processes
are running with DHCP enabled on one interface, they can release IP
addresses as expected. (BZ#887156)

All users of dnsmasq are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which fix these issues and add these enhancements.
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Affected package information

Release Package Patched in
6 dnsmasq dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.i686.rpm
dnsmasq dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.src.rpm
dnsmasq dnsmasq-2.48-13.el6.x86_64.rpm
dnsmasq-utils dnsmasq-utils-2.48-13.el6.i686.rpm
dnsmasq-utils dnsmasq-utils-2.48-13.el6.x86_64.rpm