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NTP 4.2.8-
Important Changes
* Internal NTP Era counters
The internal counters that track which "era" (range of years) we are in
rolls over every 136 years'. The current "era" started at the stroke of
midnight on 1 Jan 1900, and ends just before the stroke of midnight on
1 Jan 2036.
In the past, we have used the "midpoint" of the range to decide which
era we were in. Given the longevity of some products, it became clear
that it would be more functional to "look back" less, and "look forward"
more. We now compile a timestamp into the ntpd executable and when we
get a timestamp we us the "built-on" to tell us what era we are in.
This check "looks back" 10 years, and "looks forward" 126 years.
So if you have a system that ...
* ntpdc responses disabled by default
Dave Hart writes:
For a long time, ntpq and its mostly text-based mode 6 (control)
protocol have been preferred over ntpdc and its mode 7 (private
request) protocol for runtime queries and configuration. There has
been a goal of deprecating ntpdc, previously held back by numerous
capabilities exposed by ntpdc with no ntpq equivalent. I have been
adding commands to ntpq to cover these cases, and I believe I've
covered them all, though I've not compared command-by-command
recently.
As I've said previously, the binary mode 7 protocol involves a lot of
hand-rolled structure layout and byte-swapping code in both ntpd and
ntpdc which is hard to get right. As ntpd grows and changes, the
changes are difficult to expose via ntpdc while maintaining forward
and backward compatibility between ntpdc and ntpd. In contrast,
ntpq's text-based, label=value approach involves more code reuse and
allows compatible changes without extra work in most cases.
Mode 7 has always been defined as vendor/implementation-specific while
mode 6 is described in RFC 1305 and intended to be open to interop
with other implementations. There is an early draft of an updated
mode 6 description that likely will join the other NTPv4 RFCs
eventually. (http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-odonoghue-ntpv4-control-01)
For these reasons, ntpd 4.2.7p230 by default disables processing of
ntpdc queries, reducing ntpd's attack surface and functionally
deprecating ntpdc. If you are in the habit of using ntpdc for certain
operations, please try the ntpq equivalent. If there's no equivalent,
please open a bug report at http://bugs.ntp.org./
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NTP 4.2.6p5 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2011/12/24)
Focus: Bug fixes
Severity: Medium
This is a recommended upgrade.
This release updates sys_rootdisp and sys_jitter calculations to match the
RFC specification, fixes a potential IPv6 address matching error for the
"nic" and "interface" configuration directives, suppresses the creation of
extraneous ephemeral associations for certain broadcastclient and
multicastclient configurations, cleans up some ntpq display issues, and
includes improvements to orphan mode, minor bugs fixes and code clean-ups.
New features / changes in this release:
ntpd
* Updated "nic" and "interface" IPv6 address handling to prevent
mismatches with localhost [::1] and wildcard [::] which resulted from
using the address/prefix format (e.g. fe80::/64)
* Fix orphan mode stratum incorrectly counting to infinity
* Orphan parent selection metric updated to includes missing ntohl()
* Non-printable stratum 16 refid no longer sent to ntp
* Duplicate ephemeral associations suppressed for broadcastclient and
multicastclient without broadcastdelay
* Exclude undetermined sys_refid from use in loopback TEST12
* Exclude MODE_SERVER responses from KoD rate limiting
* Include root delay in clock_update() sys_rootdisp calculations
* get_systime() updated to exclude sys_residual offset (which only
affected bits "below" sys_tick, the precision threshold)
* sys.peer jitter weighting corrected in sys_jitter calculation
ntpq
* -n option extended to include the billboard "server" column
* IPv6 addresses in the local column truncated to prevent overruns
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NTP 4.2.6p4 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2011/09/22)
Focus: Bug fixes and portability improvements
Severity: Medium
This is a recommended upgrade.
This release includes build infrastructure updates, code
clean-ups, minor bug fixes, fixes for a number of minor
ref-clock issues, and documentation revisions.
Portability improvements affect AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X and 64-bit time_t.
New features / changes in this release:
Build system
* Fix checking for struct rtattr
* Update config.guess and config.sub for AIX
* Upgrade required version of autogen and libopts for building
from our source code repository
ntpd
* Back-ported several fixes for Coverity warnings from ntp-dev
* Fix a rare boundary condition in UNLINK_EXPR_SLIST()
* Allow "logconfig =allall" configuration directive
* Bind tentative IPv6 addresses on Linux
* Correct WWVB/Spectracom driver to timestamp CR instead of LF
* Improved tally bit handling to prevent incorrect ntpq peer status reports
* Exclude the Undisciplined Local Clock and ACTS drivers from the initial
candidate list unless they are designated a "prefer peer"
* Prevent the consideration of Undisciplined Local Clock or ACTS drivers for
selection during the 'tos orphanwait' period
* Prefer an Orphan Mode Parent over the Undisciplined Local Clock or ACTS
drivers
* Improved support of the Parse Refclock trusttime flag in Meinberg mode
* Back-port utility routines from ntp-dev: mprintf(), emalloc_zero()
* Added the NTPD_TICKADJ_PPM environment variable for specifying baseline
clock slew on Microsoft Windows
* Code cleanup in libntpq
ntpdc
* Fix timerstats reporting
ntpdate
* Reduce time required to set clock
* Allow a timeout greater than 2 seconds
sntp
* Backward incompatible command-line option change:
-l/--filelog changed -l/--logfile (to be consistent with ntpd)
Documentation
* Update html2man. Fix some tags in the .html files
* Distribute ntp-wait.html
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NTP 4.2.6p3 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2011/01/03)
Focus: Bug fixes and portability improvements
Severity: Medium
This is a recommended upgrade.
This release includes build infrastructure updates, code
clean-ups, minor bug fixes, fixes for a number of minor
ref-clock issues, and documentation revisions.
Portability improvements in this release affect AIX, Atari FreeMiNT,
FreeBSD4, Linux and Microsoft Windows.
New features / changes in this release:
Build system
* Use lsb_release to get information about Linux distributions.
* 'test' is in /usr/bin (instead of /bin) on some systems.
* Basic sanity checks for the ChangeLog file.
* Source certain build files with ./filename for systems without . in PATH.
* IRIX portability fix.
* Use a single copy of the "libopts" code.
* autogen/libopts upgrade.
* configure.ac m4 quoting cleanup.
ntpd
* Do not bind to IN6_IFF_ANYCAST addresses.
* Log the reason for exiting under Windows.
* Multicast fixes for Windows.
* Interpolation fixes for Windows.
* IPv4 and IPv6 Multicast fixes.
* Manycast solicitation fixes and general repairs.
* JJY refclock cleanup.
* NMEA refclock improvements.
* Oncore debug message cleanup.
* Palisade refclock now builds under Linux.
* Give RAWDCF more baud rates.
* Support Truetime Satellite clocks under Windows.
* Support Arbiter 1093C Satellite clocks under Windows.
* Make sure that the "filegen" configuration command defaults to "enable".
* Range-check the status codes (plus other cleanup) in the RIPE-NCC driver.
* Prohibit 'includefile' directive in remote configuration command.
* Fix 'nic' interface bindings.
* Fix the way we link with openssl if openssl is installed in the base
system.
ntp-keygen
* Fix -V coredump.
* OpenSSL version display cleanup.
ntpdc
* Many counters should be treated as unsigned.
ntpdate
* Do not ignore replies with equal receive and transmit timestamps.
ntpq
* libntpq warning cleanup.
ntpsnmpd
* Correct SNMP type for "precision" and "resolution".
* Update the MIB from the draft version to RFC-5907.
sntp
* Display timezone offset when showing time for sntp in the local
timezone.
* Pay proper attention to RATE KoD packets.
* Fix a miscalculation of the offset.
* Properly parse empty lines in the key file.
* Logging cleanup.
* Use tv_usec correctly in set_time().
* Documentation cleanup.
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NTP 4.2.6p2 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2010/07/08)
Focus: Bug fixes and portability improvements
Severity: Medium
This is a recommended upgrade.
This release includes build infrastructure updates, code
clean-ups, minor bug fixes, fixes for a number of minor
ref-clock issues, improved KOD handling, OpenSSL related
updates and documentation revisions.
Portability improvements in this release affect Irix, Linux,
Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, OpenBSD and QNX6
New features / changes in this release:
ntpd
* Range syntax for the trustedkey configuration directive
* Unified IPv4 and IPv6 restrict lists
ntpdate
* Rate limiting and KOD handling
ntpsnmpd
* default connection to net-snmpd via a unix-domain socket
* command-line 'socket name' option
ntpq / ntpdc
* support for the "passwd ..." syntax
* key-type specific password prompts
sntp
* MD5 authentication of an ntpd
* Broadcast and crypto
* OpenSSL support
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NTP 4.2.6p1 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2010/04/09)
Focus: Bug fixes, portability fixes, and documentation improvements
Severity: Medium
This is a recommended upgrade.
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NTP 4.2.6 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2009/12/08)
Focus: enhancements and bug fixes.
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NTP 4.2.4p8 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2009/12/08)
Focus: Security Fixes
Severity: HIGH
This release fixes the following high-severity vulnerability:
* [Sec 1331] DoS with mode 7 packets - CVE-2009-3563.
See http://support.ntp.org/security for more information.
NTP mode 7 (MODE_PRIVATE) is used by the ntpdc query and control utility.
In contrast, ntpq uses NTP mode 6 (MODE_CONTROL), while routine NTP time
transfers use modes 1 through 5. Upon receipt of an incorrect mode 7
request or a mode 7 error response from an address which is not listed
in a "restrict ... noquery" or "restrict ... ignore" statement, ntpd will
reply with a mode 7 error response (and log a message). In this case:
* If an attacker spoofs the source address of ntpd host A in a
mode 7 response packet sent to ntpd host B, both A and B will
continuously send each other error responses, for as long as
those packets get through.
* If an attacker spoofs an address of ntpd host A in a mode 7
response packet sent to ntpd host A, A will respond to itself
endlessly, consuming CPU and logging excessively.
Credit for finding this vulnerability goes to Robin Park and Dmitri
Vinokurov of Alcatel-Lucent.
THIS IS A STRONGLY RECOMMENDED UPGRADE.
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ntpd now syncs to refclocks right away.
Backward-Incompatible changes:
ntpd no longer accepts '-v name' or '-V name' to define internal variables.
Use '--var name' or '--dvar name' instead. (Bug 817)
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NTP 4.2.4p7 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2009/05/04)
Focus: Security and Bug Fixes
Severity: HIGH
This release fixes the following high-severity vulnerability:
* [Sec 1151] Remote exploit if autokey is enabled. CVE-2009-1252
See http://support.ntp.org/security for more information.
If autokey is enabled (if ntp.conf contains a "crypto pw whatever"
line) then a carefully crafted packet sent to the machine will cause
a buffer overflow and possible execution of injected code, running
with the privileges of the ntpd process (often root).
Credit for finding this vulnerability goes to Chris Ries of CMU.
This release fixes the following low-severity vulnerabilities:
* [Sec 1144] limited (two byte) buffer overflow in ntpq. CVE-2009-0159
Credit for finding this vulnerability goes to Geoff Keating of Apple.
* [Sec 1149] use SO_EXCLUSIVEADDRUSE on Windows
Credit for finding this issue goes to Dave Hart.
This release fixes a number of bugs and adds some improvements:
* Improved logging
* Fix many compiler warnings
* Many fixes and improvements for Windows
* Adds support for AIX 6.1
* Resolves some issues under MacOS X and Solaris
THIS IS A STRONGLY RECOMMENDED UPGRADE.
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NTP 4.2.4p6 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2009/01/07)
Focus: Security Fix
Severity: Low
This release fixes oCERT.org's CVE-2009-0021, a vulnerability affecting
the OpenSSL library relating to the incorrect checking of the return
value of EVP_VerifyFinal function.
Credit for finding this issue goes to the Google Security Team for
finding the original issue with OpenSSL, and to ocert.org for finding
the problem in NTP and telling us about it.
This is a recommended upgrade.
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NTP 4.2.4p5 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2008/08/17)
Focus: Minor Bugfixes
This release fixes a number of Windows-specific ntpd bugs and
platform-independent ntpdate bugs. A logging bugfix has been applied
to the ONCORE driver.
The "dynamic" keyword and is now obsolete and deferred binding to local
interfaces is the new default. The minimum time restriction for the
interface update interval has been dropped.
A number of minor build system and documentation fixes are included.
This is a recommended upgrade for Windows.
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NTP 4.2.4p4 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2007/09/10)
Focus: Minor Bugfixes
This release updates certain copyright information, fixes several display
bugs in ntpdc, avoids SIGIO interrupting malloc(), cleans up file descriptor
shutdown in the parse refclock driver, removes some lint from the code,
stops accessing certain buffers immediately after they were freed, fixes
a problem with non-command-line specification of -6, and allows the loopback
interface to share addresses with other interfaces.
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NTP 4.2.4p3 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2007/06/29)
Focus: Minor Bugfixes
This release fixes a bug in Windows that made it difficult to
terminate ntpd under windows.
This is a recommended upgrade for Windows.
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NTP 4.2.4p2 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2007/06/19)
Focus: Minor Bugfixes
This release fixes a multicast mode authentication problem,
an error in NTP packet handling on Windows that could lead to
ntpd crashing, and several other minor bugs. Handling of
multicast interfaces and logging configuration were improved.
The required versions of autogen and libopts were incremented.
This is a recommended upgrade for Windows and multicast users.
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NTP 4.2.4 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2006/12/31)
Focus: enhancements and bug fixes.
Dynamic interface rescanning was added to simplify the use of ntpd in
conjunction with DHCP. GNU AutoGen is used for its command-line options
processing. Separate PPS devices are supported for PARSE refclocks, MD5
signatures are now provided for the release files. Drivers have been
added for some new ref-clocks and have been removed for some older
ref-clocks. This release also includes other improvements, documentation
and bug fixes.
K&R C is no longer supported as of NTP-4.2.4. We are now aiming for ANSI
C support.
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NTP 4.2.0 (Harlan Stenn <stenn@ntp.org>, 2003/10/15)
Focus: enhancements and bug fixes.