CVE-2014-8680: Defects in GeoIP features can cause BIND to crash

Michael McNally mcnally at
Mon Dec 8 17:14:25 UTC 2014

Two defects have been identified in the GeoIP feature added in BIND
9.10 which, when triggered, cause BIND to exit with an assertion

CVE:                      CVE-2014-8680
Document Version:         2.0
Posting date:             08 December 2014
Program Impacted:         BIND 9
Versions affected:        9.10.0 -> 9.10.1
Severity:                 High
Exploitable:              Remotely


    Multiple errors have been identified in the GeoIP features added
    in BIND 9.10.  Two are capable of crashing BIND -- triggering
    either can cause named to exit with an assertion failure,
    resulting in a denial of service condition.  A third defect is
    also corrected, which could have caused GeoIP databases to not
    be loaded properly if their location was changed while BIND was

    Only servers built to include GeoIP functionality are affected.


    The GeoIP features in BIND 9.10 are enabled by a compile-time
    option which is not selected by default. If you did not compile
    your BIND binary, or do not know whether you selected GeoIP
    features, you can test whether the functionality is compiled
    in by examining the output of the command "named -V" for
    "--with-geoip".  Only servers which were compiled with GeoIP
    enabled can be affected by these defects.

    Servers which encounter either of the first two defects will
    terminate with an "assertion failure" error.

CVSS Score:               5.4
CVSS Vector:              (AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

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    Of the two errors, the first can occur with server binaries
    which were configured with GeoIP enabled if an IPv4 GeoIP
    database is loaded but no corresponding IPv6 database is found
    or if an IPv6 GeoIP database is loaded but no corresponding
    IPv4 database is found. This error can be avoided by ensuring
    that both IPv6 and IPv4 GeoIP databases are loaded.

    A workaround for the second error is to disable IPv6 support
    by running named with the -4 option or configuring with
    "listen-on-v6 { none; };".

    Upgrading to a patched version is recommended.

Active exploits:

    No known active exploits.


   Upgrade to BIND 9.10.1-P1, which is available from


   ISC would like to thank Felipe Ecker of Azion Technologies for
   reporting the initial issues.

Document Revision History:

    1.0 Advance Notification: 20 November 2014
    2.0 Public Disclosure: 08 December 2014

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    Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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