CVE-2015-8461: A race condition when handling socket errors can lead to an assertion failure in resolver.c

Michael McNally mcnally at isc.org
Tue Dec 15 21:16:56 UTC 2015


CVE:                CVE-2015-8461
Document Version:   2.0
Posting date:       15 December 2015
Program Impacted:   BIND
Versions affected:  9.9.8 -> 9.9.8-P1, 9.9.8-S1 -> 9.9.8-S2, 9.10.3 ->
9.10.3-P1
Severity:           Medium
Exploitable:        Remotely

Description:

   Beginning with the September 2015 maintenance releases 9.9.8 and
   9.10.3, an error was introduced into BIND 9 which can cause a
   server to exit after encountering an INSIST assertion failure
   in resolver.c

Impact:

   An uncommonly occurring condition can cause affected servers to
   exit with an INSIST failure depending on the outcome of a race
   condition in resolver.c  While difficult to exploit reliably, a
   malicious party could, through deliberate behavior, significantly
   increase the probability of encountering the triggering condition,
   resulting in denial-of-service to clients if successful.

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

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Workarounds:        None.
Active exploits:    None known.

Solution:

   Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your
   current version of BIND. Public open-source branches can be
   downloaded from http://www.isc.org/downloads.

     BIND 9 version 9.9.8-P2
     BIND 9 version 9.10.3-P2

   BIND 9 Supported Preview edition is a feature preview version
   of BIND provided exclusively to eligible ISC Support customers.

     BIND 9 version 9.9.8-S3

Acknowledgements:

   ISC would like to thank John O'Brien of the University of
   Pennsylvania for discovering this issue.

Document Revision History:

   1.0 Advance Notification 8 December 2015
   2.0 Public Disclosure, 15 December 2015

Related Documents:

   See our BIND9 Security Vulnerability Matrix at
   https://kb.isc.org/article/AA-00913 for a complete listing of
   Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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