CVE-2016-9131: A malformed response to an ANY query can cause an assertion failure during recursion
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CVE-2016-9131: A malformed response to an ANY query can cause an assertion failure during recursion

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CVE: CVE-2016-9131

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 11 Jan 2017

Program impacted: BIND

Versions affected: 9.4.0 -> 9.6-ESV-R11-W1, 9.8.5 -> 9.8.8, 9.9.3 -> 9.9.9-P4, 9.9.9-S1 -> 9.9.9-S6, 9.10.0 -> 9.10.4-P4, 9.11.0 -> 9.11.0-P1

Severity: High

Exploitable: Remotely


A malformed query response received by a recursive server in response to a query of RTYPE ANY could trigger an assertion failure while named is attempting to add the RRs in the query response to the cache. While the combination of properties which triggers the assertion should not occur in normal traffic, it is potentially possible for the assertion to be triggered deliberately by an attacker sending a specially constructed answer having the required properties, after having engineered a scenario whereby an ANY query is sent to the recursive server for the target QNAME. A recursive server will itself only send a query of type ANY if it receives a client query of type ANY for a QNAME for which it has no RRsets at all in cache; otherwise, it will respond to the client with the the RRsets that it has available.


This vulnerability occurs during the processing of an answer packet received in response to a query. As a result, recursive servers are at the greatest risk; authoritative servers are at risk only to the extent that they perform a limited set of queries (for example, in order to do zone service - see Why does my authoritative-only nameserver try to query the root nameservers?).

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability will cause named to encounter an assertion failure and stop executing, resulting in denial of service to clients.

CVSS Score: 7.5


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Workarounds: The use of external packet filtering to drop client queries of RTYPE=ANY should prevent exploitation of this vulnerability.

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 9.9.9-P5
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.4-P5
  • BIND 9 version 9.11.0-P2

BIND Supported Preview Edition is a special feature preview branch of BIND provided to eligible ISC support customers.

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.9-S7

Document Revision History:

1.0 Advance Notification, 03 January 2017 2.0 Public Announcement, 11 January 2017

Related Documents:

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