CVE-2016-9444: An unusually-formed DS record response could cause an assertion failure

Michael McNally mcnally at
Wed Jan 11 22:35:35 UTC 2017

CVE:                    CVE-2016-9444
Document Version:       2.0
Posting date:           11 Jan 2017
Program Impacted:       BIND
Versions affected:      9.6-ESV-R9 -> 9.6-ESV-R11-W1, 9.8.5 -> 9.8.8,
                        9.9.3 -> 9.9.9-P4, 9.9.9-S1 -> 9.9.9-S6,
                        9.10.0 -> 9.10.4-P4, 9.11.0 -> 9.11.0-P1
Severity:               High
Exploitable:            Remotely


   An unusually-formed answer containing a DS resource record could
   trigger an assertion failure.  While the combination of properties
   which triggers the assertion should not occur in normal traffic,
   it is potentially possible for the assertion to be triggered
   deliberately by an attacker sending a specially-constructed
   answer having the required properties.


   This vulnerability occurs during the processing of an answer
   packet received in response to a query.  As a result, recursive
   servers are at the greatest risk; authoritative servers are at
   risk only to the extent that they perform a limited set of
   queries (for example, in order to do zone service - see

   Successful exploitation of this vulnerability will cause named
   to encounter an assertion failure and stop executing, resulting
   in denial of service to clients.

CVSS Score:             7.5
CVSS Vector:            CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

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   None known.

Active exploits:

   No known active exploits.


   Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your
   current version of BIND. These can all be downloaded from

     BIND 9 version 9.9.9-P5
     BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P5
     BIND 9 version 9.11.0-P2

   BIND Supported Preview Edition is a special feature preview
   branch of BIND provided to eligible ISC support customers.

     BIND 9 version 9.9.9-S7

Document Revision History:

   1.0 Advance Notification, 03 January 2017
   2.0 Public Announcement, 11 January 2017

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   Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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