[USN-5034-1] c-ares vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Tue Aug 10 12:30:53 UTC 2021

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-5034-1
August 10, 2021

c-ares vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 21.04
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


c-ares could be made to return wrong domains.

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


Philipp Jeitner and Haya Shulman discovered that c-ares incorrectly
validated certain hostnames returned by DNS servers. A remote attacker
could possibly use this issue to perform Domain Hijacking attacks.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 21.04:
  libc-ares2                      1.17.1-1ubuntu0.1

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  libc-ares2                      1.15.0-1ubuntu0.1

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  libc-ares2                      1.14.0-1ubuntu0.1

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


Package Information:

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