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CVE-2013-6230: FAQ and Supplemental Information
Author: Jeremy Reed Reference Number: AA-01063 Views: 14682 Created: 2013-10-16 14:02 Last Updated: 2013-11-06 20:13 0 Rating/ Voters

This page provides supplemental information for the CVE-2013-6230 Security Advisory (

Why aren't the Windows versions listed?

At this time, we don't know which Microsoft Windows operating system versions or service pack versions have this problem. We have verified the problem only on Windows 2008 server, but others have reported the problem on unknown Windows versions. We suggest Windows users upgrade to the patched version or use the workarounds.

How can I detect if my Windows has this issue?

The BIND source code includes bin/tests/inter_test.c which is not built by default. Building and running this interface iterator test will display the detected settings.  MIcrosoft also provides test code at /Softlib/MSLFILES/INTRFC.EXE from which programmatically retrieves IP Interface information. This is an extractable zip file containing the source code from Microsoft demonstrating the API. After it is built, the output of running this may be compared with ipconfig output. Check the netmask details to see if interfaces listed with ipconfig that show are reported by the test tools to be  We recommend upgrading to our patched version of BIND.

The patched version of BIND will report if it detects this, for example:

  omitting IPv4 interface TCP/IP Interface 3 from localnets ACL: zero prefix length detected

Where can I learn more about this Windows API?

The related Winsock API is documented at (WSAIoctl function with the SIO_GET_INTERFACE_LIST command) and (INTERFACE_INFO structure).

What about other operating system platforms?

We don't know about other operating systems that return the wrong netmask. We have tested on various Unix-like systems. Nevertheless, with the patch, the coded workaround for all platforms checks for the netmask and will not add it to the localnets ACL.

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