OpenBSD Journal

y Patch 008: ARP

Contributed by jose on from the panic! dept.

wdv writes: "008: RELIABILITY FIX: October 1, 2003 It is possible for a local user to cause a system panic by flooding it with spoofed ARP requests. Time for patching :)"

This one affected a lot of BSD systems, including OS X. No sense in not patching. It's fixed in 3.3-stable and 3.2-stable. Patches (from errata ):



Update : The advisory is now out.

Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2003 16:45:36 -0600
From: Todd C. Miller

Subject: ARP-based denial of service attack

Under certain circumstances, an attacker may be able to mount a
denial of service attack against a machine by flooding it with bogus
ARP requests.  This can lead to resource starvation, ultimately
resulting in a kernel panic.

The problem was reported by Apple Computer; for more info, see:

A fix has been committed to the OpenBSD 3.2 and 3.3 -stable
branches.  Patches are also available for OpenBSD 3.2 and 3.3.

Patch for OpenBSD 3.2:

Patch for OpenBSD 3.3:

(Comments are closed)

  1. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Now, this is a bit confusing. I thought margarida@ pulled a patch from -current, and my /usr/src/sys/net/route.c is on revision (I'm tracking 3.3 -stable btw).

    Then checking from the patch from 3.3 in errata page, the revision doesn't match. Do i still need to patch it? because I think it will get some errors.

    1. By Anonymous Coward () on

      The patches are for the whiners that don't follow cvs.
      Therefore, if you're tracking -stable through cvs
      you're already patched.

  2. By Nicolas Padilla () on

    Not trying to be a troll, but as per the description:

    " attacker capable of transmitted a large volume of spoofed ARP requests to a target system may be capable of triggering a system panic."

    Doesn't that mean that a user within the same network could screw up a system? After all they're ARP requests.

    Am I missing something?




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