[USN-4638-1] c-ares vulnerability

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[USN-4638-1] c-ares vulnerability

Leonidas S. Barbosa
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4638-1
November 19, 2020

c-ares vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 20.10


c-ares could be made to denial of service if it received a specially crafted
DNS request.

Software Description:
- c-ares: library for asynchronous name resolution


It was discovered that c-ares incorrectly handled certain DNS requests.
An attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service.

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 20.10:
  libc-ares2                      1.16.1-1ubuntu0.1

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


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