NTP Is The Latest Project Struck By Security Issues
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Security on 22 December 2014 at 09:50 AM EST. 12 Comments
The latest open-source project being exposed to a number of security vulnerabilities is NTP, the Network Time Protocol.

Now public via the ICS-CERT after the discoveries were made by the Google Security Team are multiple vulnerabilities with the widely-used NTP. These vulnerabilities could lead to arbitrary code execution with the same privileges as the NTP daemon. These vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely and the ICS-CERT characterizes them as requiring low skills to exploit.

Among the Network Time Protocol vulnerabilities are insufficient entropy, use of cryptographically weak PNRG, stack-based buffer overflows, and missing returns on errors.

More details on the NTP vulnerabilities can be found via US-CERT.gov.
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