ISC Security Advisory: A Specially Crafted Resource Record Could Cause named to Terminate
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Wed Sep 12 16:57:17 UTC 2012
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CVE-2012-4244: A specially crafted Resource Record could cause named
A nameserver can be caused to exit with a REQUIRE exception if it
can be induced to load a specially crafted resource record.
Document Version: 2.0
Posting date: 12 September 2012
Program Impacted: BIND
9.0.x -> 9.6.x, 9.4-ESV->9.4-ESV-R5-P1, 9.6-ESV->9.6-ESV-R7-P2,
9.7.0->9.7.6-P2, 9.8.0->9.8.3-P2, 9.9.0->9.9.1-P2
If a record with RDATA in excess of 65535 bytes is loaded into
a nameserver, a subsequent query for that record will cause named
to exit with an assertion failure.
Please Note: Versions of BIND 9.4 and 9.5 are also affected, but
these branches are beyond their "end of life" (EOL) and no longer
receive testing or security fixes from ISC. For current information
on which versions are actively supported, please see
This vulnerability can be exploited remotely against recursive
servers by inducing them to query for records provided by an
authoritative server. It affects authoritative servers if a zone
containing this type of resource record is loaded from file or
provided via zone transfer.
CVSS Score: 7.8
CVSS Equation: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and
to obtain your specific environmental score please visit:
Workarounds: None are known at this time.
Active exploits: No known active exploits.
Upgrade to the patched version or new release most closely related
to your current version of BIND.
The patched versions (-P3) of BIND can be downloaded from
http://www.isc.org/downloads/all. The new release versions will
be available within the next week.
BIND 9 version 9.7.7, 9.7.6-P3
BIND 9 version 9.6-ESV-R8, 9.6-ESV-R7-P3
BIND 9 version 9.8.4, 9.8.3-P3
BIND 9 version 9.9.2, 9.9.1-P3
Document Revision History:
1.0 - 4 Sept., 2012 Advance Notification to Phase 1
1.1 - 6 Sept. 2012 Corrected error in Description (65535 bytes)
1.2 - 11 Sept. 2012 Phase 2 & 3 notified
2.0 - 12 Sept. 2012 Phase 4 - Public Released
See our BIND Security Matrix for a complete listing of Security
Vulnerabilities and versions affected.
If you'd like more information on our Forum or product support
please visit www.isc.org/software/guild or www.isc.org/support.
Do you still have questions? Questions regarding this advisory
should go to security-officer at isc.org
Note: ISC patches only currently supported versions. When possible
we indicate EOL versions affected.
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