NTP BUG 3388: Buffer Overflow in DPTS Clock

Last update: April 22, 2024 18:49 UTC (7e7bd5857)


Resolved 4.2.8p10 21 Mar 2017
References Bug 3388 CVE-2017-6462
Affects All versions of NTP, up to but not including ntp-4.2.8p10,
and ntp-4.3.0 up to, but not including ntp-4.3.94.
Resolved in 4.2.8p10.
CVSS2 Score LOW 1.0 AV:L/AC:H/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:P
CVSS3 Score LOW 1.6 CVSS:3.0/AV:P/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L


There is a potential for a buffer overflow in the legacy Datum Programmable Time Server refclock driver. Here the packets are processed from the /dev/datum device and handled in datum_pts_receive(). Since an attacker would be required to somehow control a malicious /dev/datum device, this does not appear to be a practical attack and renders this issue “Low” in terms of severity.



This weakness was discovered by Cure53.