CVE-2018-5740: A flaw in the "deny-answer-aliases" feature can cause an INSIST assertion failure in named
mcnally at isc.org
Wed Aug 8 21:04:36 UTC 2018
A rarely-used feature in BIND has a flaw which can cause named to
exit with an INSIST assertion failure.
Document Version: 2.0
Posting date: 08 August 2018
Program Impacted: BIND
Versions affected: 9.7.0->9.8.8, 9.9.0->9.9.13, 9.10.0->9.10.8,
9.11.0->9.11.4, 9.12.0->9.12.2, 9.13.0->9.13.2
and also versions of BIND 9 Supported Preview Edition
Severity: High (but only for servers on which the
feature is explicitly enabled)
"deny-answer-aliases" is a little-used feature intended to help
recursive server operators protect end users against DNS rebinding
attacks, a potential method of circumventing the security model
used by client browsers. However, a defect in this feature makes
it easy, when the feature is in use, to experience an INSIST
assertion failure in name.c.
Accidental or deliberate triggering of this defect will cause
an INSIST assertion failure in named, causing the named process
to stop execution and resulting in denial of service to clients.
Only servers which have explicitly enabled the "deny-answer-aliases"
feature are at risk and disabling the feature prevents exploitation.
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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This vulnerability can be avoided by disabling the "deny-answer-aliases"
feature if it is in use.
No known active exploits.
Most operators will not need to make any changes unless they are
using the "deny-answer-aliases" feature (which is described in
the BIND 9 Adminstrator Reference Manual section 6.2.)
"deny-answer-aliases" is off by default; only configurations
which explicitly enable it can be affected by this defect.
If you are using "deny-answer-aliases", upgrade to the patched
release most closely related to your current version of BIND.
BIND Supported Preview Edition is a special feature preview
branch of BIND provided to eligible ISC support customers.
ISC would like to thank Tony Finch of the University of Cambridge
for reporting this issue.
Document Revision History:
1.0 Advance Notification 31 July, 2018
2.0 Public Disclosure 08 August, 2018
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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