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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
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.
21 October 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Publisher: Internet Systems Consortium
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2016-2848
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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
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)
For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and
to obtain your specific environmental score please visit:
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
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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