CVE-2015-5722: Parsing malformed keys may cause BIND to exit due to a failed assertion in buffer.c
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CVE-2015-5722: Parsing malformed keys may cause BIND to exit due to a failed assertion in buffer.c

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CVE: CVE-2015-5722

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 2 September 2015

Program impacted: BIND 9

Versions affected: BIND 9.0.0 -> 9.8.8,  BIND 9.9.0 -> 9.9.7-P2, BIND 9.10.0 -> 9.10.2-P3

Severity: Critical

Exploitable: Remotely


Parsing a malformed DNSSEC key can cause a validating resolver to exit due to a failed assertion in buffer.c. It is possible for a remote attacker to deliberately trigger this condition, for example by using a query which requires a response from a zone containing a deliberately malformed key.


Recursive servers are at greatest risk, but an authoritative server could be affected if an attacker controls a zone the server must query against to perform its zone service.

Servers which are affected may terminate with an assertion failure, causing denial of service to all clients.

CVSS Score: 7.8

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

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Servers which are not performing validation are not at risk from this defect (but are at increased risk from other types of DNS attack). ISC does not recommend disabling validation to deal with this issue; upgrading to a fixed version is the preferred solution.

Active exploits: None known


Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of BIND 9. These can all be downloaded from

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.7-P3
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.2-P4

BIND development releases scheduled to be published at the same time as the public disclosure of this vulnerability will also contain the fix for this security issue. 

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.8rc1
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.3rc1


ISC would like to thank Hanno Böck from the Fuzzing Project for discovering and reporting this defect. We would also like to express our appreciation to the developers of the American Fuzzy Lop tool, which has been instrumental in revealing recently-disclosed vulnerabilities in BIND.

Document Revision History:

1.0 Advance Notification, 19 August 2015
1.1 "Versions affected" information clarified, 24 August 2015
2.0 Public Disclosure, 2 September 2015

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