[OpenWrt-Devel] [LEDE-DEV] [PATCH] busybox: sysntpd - Support for NTP servers received via DHCP(v6)

David Lang david at lang.hm
Fri May 20 09:18:57 EDT 2016

On Fri, 20 May 2016, Jo-Philipp Wich wrote:

> Hi Hans,
>> I wanted to preserve the ntp server behavior and only change the
>> behavior when configured in order to keep backwards compatibility. You
>> favour enabling DHCP ntp server config without explicit config ?
> Personally I do because thats likely what most users expect, but then
> trusting foreign NTP server advertisements might be a security sensitive
> topic - on the other hand one trusts the default gateway and DNS
> advertisements too, so I don't know.

NTP isn't signed.

If I can control your DNS, I can probably control your NTP by giving you the 
wrong IP for the NTP server

If I can control your gateway, I can redirect all your NTP queries to someone 
else (NAT, redirects, etc)

so why not trust the NTP server being provided?

David Lang
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