CVE-2016-2848: A packet with malformed options can trigger an assertion failure in ISC BIND versions released prior to May 2013 and in packages derived from releases prior to that date.

Michael McNally mcnally at
Thu Oct 20 18:19:33 UTC 2016

CVE-2016-2848: A packet with malformed options can trigger an
assertion failure in ISC BIND versions released prior to May 2013
and in packages derived from releases prior to that date.

NOTE:    Please read the "Versions affected" and "Solutions" sections
         of this advisory carefully

         This article discusses a vulnerability in BIND that was corrected
         in ISC-distributed versions in May 2013.  However, some versions
         of BIND distributed by other parties continued to be vulnerable
         after that date.

Document Version:       2.0
Posting date:           20 October 2016
Program Impacted:       BIND
Versions affected:      9.1.0 -> 9.8.5rc1, 9.9.0 -> 9.9.3rc1
Severity:               High
Exploitable:            Remotely


   A packet with a malformed options section can be used to
   deliberately trigger an assertion failure affecting versions of
   BIND which do not contain change #3548, which was first included
   in ISC BIND 9 releases in May 2013.  Current ISC versions of
   BIND are safe from this vulnerability, but repackaged versions
   distributed by other parties may be vulnerable if they were
   forked from ISC's source before change #3548.


   A server vulnerable to this defect can be forced to exit with
   an assertion failure if it receives a malformed packet.
   Authoritative and recursive servers are both vulnerable.

CVSS Score:             7.8
CVSS Vector:            (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

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Workarounds:            None.
Active exploits:        No known active exploits.


   The vulnerability described in this security advisory was corrected
   by bug fixes which occurred during the normal course of BIND
   development and release versions of BIND published by ISC have
   been safe against this vulnerability since May 2013.

   However, versions which were released prior to that date, including
   some versions which have been used as the basis for installable
   packages by operating system vendors who maintain their own BIND
   versions, may be vulnerable.

   The CHANGES file distributed with every version of BIND source
   contains a chronological list of source code changes in each
   branch's history.  Safe versions of BIND contain fix #3548.  If
   you did not receive source code with your distribution of BIND
   and cannot check CHANGES, check with the package provider who
   has furnished the BIND distribution you are using.  Current
   versions of BIND available from ISC are confirmed to be free of
   the vulnerability. These can all be downloaded from

    -  BIND 9 version 9.9.9-P3
    -  BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P3
    -  BIND 9 version 9.11.0-P3

   BIND 9 Supported Preview edition is a feature preview version
   of BIND provided exclusively to eligible ISC Support customers.
   No release versions of BIND 9 Supported Preview Edition are
   vulnerable to this defect.


   ISC would like to thank Toshifumi Sakaguchi for discovering this

Document Revision History:

   1.0 Advance Notification, 13 October 2016
   1.1 Public disclosure date changed, 14 October 2016
   2.0 Public disclosure, 20 October 2016

Related Documents:

   See our BIND9 Security Vulnerability Matrix at for a complete listing of
   Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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