BIND 9.6-ESV-R8b1 is now available

Michael McNally mcnally at
Fri Aug 10 19:41:27 UTC 2012


  BIND 9.6-ESV-R8b1 is the first beta release of BIND 9.6-ESV-R8.

  BIND 9.6-ESV is an Extended Support Version of BIND.

  This document summarizes changes from BIND 9.6-ESV-R7 to BIND
  9.6-ESV-R8b1.  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.
    [CVE-2012-3817]  [RT #30025]

  - A condition has been corrected where improper handling of
    zero-length RDATA could cause undesirable behavior, including
    termination of the named process. [CVE-2012-1667] [RT #29644]

New Features

  - None

Feature Changes

  - Improves OpenSSL error logging [RT #29932]

  - nslookup now returns a nonzero exit code when it is unable
    to get an answer.  [RT #29492]

Bug Fixes

  - Ensures that servers are expired from the ADB cache when the
    timeout limit is reached so that their learned attributes can
    be refreshed.  Prior to this change, servers that were
    frequently queried might never have their entries removed and
    reinitialized.  This is of particular importance to
    DNSSEC-validating recursive servers that might erroneously
    set "no-edns" for an authoritative server following a period
    of intermittent connectivity. [RT #29856]

  - Adds additional resilience to a previous security change
    (3218) by preventing RRSIG data from being added to cache
    when a pseudo-record matching the covering type and proving
    non-existence exists at a higher trust level. The earlier
    change prevented this inconsistent data from being retrieved
    from cache in response to client queries  - with this additional
    change, the RRSIG records are no longer inserted into cache
    at all. [RT #26809]

  - The tests on random jitter values that are used when handling
    zone refreshes have been relaxed. Prior to this change named
    could terminate unexpectedly when processing stub zones. [RT#

  - 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]

  - It is now possible to using multiple control keys again -
    this functionality was inadvertently broken by change #3924
    (RT #28265) which addressed a memory leak. [RT #29694]

  - Setting resolver-query-timeout too low could cause named
    problems recovering after a loss of connectivity.  [RT #29623]

  - Reduces the potential build-up of stale RRsets in cache on a
    busy recursive nameserver by re-using cached DS and RRSIG
    rrsets when possible [RT #29446]

  - Upper-case/lower-case handling of RRSIG signer-names is now
    handled consistently: RRSIG records are generated with the
    signer-name in lower case. They are accepted with any case,
    but if they fail to validate, we try again in lower case. [RT

Thank You

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