CVE-2012-5688: BIND 9 servers using DNS64 can be crashed by a crafted query
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CVE-2012-5688: BIND 9 servers using DNS64 can be crashed by a crafted query

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Article Summary

A specific query can cause BIND nameservers using DNS64 to exit with a REQUIRE assertion failure.

CVE: CVE-2012-5688

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 04 Dec 2012

Program impacted: BIND

Versions affected: 9.8.0->9.8.4, 9.9.0->9.9.2

Severity: Critical

Exploitable: Remotely


BIND 9 nameservers using the DNS64 IPv6 transition mechanism are vulnerable to a software defect that allows a crafted query to crash the server with a REQUIRE assertion failure. Remote exploitation of this defect can be achieved without extensive effort, resulting in a denial-of-service (DoS) vector against affected servers.

Please note: Support for DNS64 was added to BIND 9 in version 9.8.0. Therefore, BIND 9 versions prior to 9.8.0 cannot be affected by this bug. Also, nameservers running versions 9.8.0 and greater can only be affected if DNS64 is turned on using the "dns64" configuration statement. If you are not using DNS64 you are not at risk.

For current information on which versions are actively supported, please see

Impact: Any BIND 9 nameserver configured to use DNS64 is vulnerable to this defect and can be crashed by any client machine from which it accepts queries.

CVSS Score: 7.8

CVSS Equation: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

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Only BIND 9 servers which are configured to use DNS64 are vulnerable. For those servers, disallowing queries from untrusted clients (a recommended practice in any case) will slightly mitigate a server's exposure, but no workarounds are available which will completely protect an affected server against exploitation of this bug. If you are using DNS64, either disable it or upgrade to a fixed version.

Active exploits: No known active exploits.

Solution: Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of BIND. These can all be downloaded from

  • BIND 9 version 9.8.4-P1
  • BIND 9 version 9.9.2-P1

Acknowledgements: ISC would like to thank BlueCat Networks for bringing this defect to our attention.

Document Revision History:

1.0 - 27 November 2012 Advance Notification to Phase One.
1.1 - 03 December 2012 Notification to Phase Two and Phase Three
2.0 - 04 December 2012 Notification to Phase Four (Public)

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