BIND 9.8.3-P2 is now available

Cathy Almond cathya at
Tue Jul 24 18:04:52 UTC 2012


  BIND 9.8.3-P2 is the latest production release of BIND 9.8.

  This document summarizes changes from BIND 9.8.2 to BIND 9.8.3-P2.
  Please see the CHANGES file in the source code release for a
  complete list of all changes.


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Security Fixes

- Prevents a named assert (crash) when validating caused by using
  "Bad cache" data before it has been initialized.  [RT #30025]

- A condition has been corrected where improper handling of zero-length
  RDATA could cause undesirable behavior, including termination of
  the named process.  [RT #29644]

New Features

- None

Feature Changes

- BIND now recognizes the TLSA resource record type, created to
  support IETF DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities)
  [RT #28989]

Bug Fixes

- Fixes the defect introduced by change #3314 that was causing
  failures when saving stub zones to disk (resulting in excessive
  CPU usage in some cases).  [RT #29952]

- The locking strategy around the handling of iterative queries has
  been tuned to reduce unnecessary contention in a multi-threaded
  environment.  (Note that this may not provide a measurable
  improvement over previous versions of BIND, but it corrects the
  performance impact of change 3309 / RT #27995) [RT #29239]

- Addresses a race condition that can cause named to to crash when
  the masters list for a zone is updated via rndc reload/reconfig
  [RT #26732]

- named-checkconf now correctly validates dns64 clients acl
  definitions. [RT #27631]

- Fixes a race condition in zone.c that can cause named to crash
  during the processing of rndc delzone [RT #29028]

- Prevents a named segfault from resolver.c due to procedure
  fctx_finddone() not being thread-safe.  [RT #27995]

- Improves DNS64 reverse zone performance. [RT #28563]

- Adds wire format lookup method to sdb. [RT #28563]

- Uses hmctx, not mctx when freeing rbtdb->heaps to avoid triggering
  an assertion when flushing cache data. [RT #28571]

- Resolves inconsistencies in locating DNSSEC keys where zone names
  contain characters that require special mappings [RT #28600]

- A new flag -R  has been added to queryperf for running tests using
  non-recursive queries.  It also now builds correctly on MacOS
  version 10.7 (darwin)  [RT #28565]

- Named no longer crashes if gssapi is enabled in named.conf but
  was not compiled into the binary [RT #28338]

- SDB now handles unexpected errors from back-end database drivers
  gracefully instead of exiting on an assert. [RT #28534]

Thank You

  Thank you to everyone who assisted us in making this release
  possible.  If you would like to contribute to ISC to assist us
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