GNOME NetworkManager DNS Resolver Information Disclosure Vulnerability [CVE-2018-1000135]

CVE Number – CVE-2018-1000135

A vulnerability in GNOME NetworkManager could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to access sensitive information on a targeted system.

The vulnerability exists in the DNS resolver component of the affected software when dnsmasq is used in DNS processing mode, and could result in private DNS queries being leaked to the local network DNS servers while on a VPN. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to access sensitive information from DNS queries. A successful exploit could be used to conduct further attacks.Proof-of-concept (PoC) code that demonstrates an exploit of this vulnerability is publicly available.GNOME has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.

Analysis

  • To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need access to trusted, internal networks in which the targeted system may reside. This access requirement may reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Safeguards

  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

    Administrators are advised to run both firewall and antivirus applications to minimize the potential of inbound and outbound threats.

    Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.

    Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by using a solid firewall strategy.

    Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

Vendor Announcements

  • GNOME has released a bug report at the following link: Bug 746422

Fixed Software

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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