CVE-2017-3141: Windows service and uninstall paths are not quoted when BIND is installed
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CVE-2017-3141: Windows service and uninstall paths are not quoted when BIND is installed

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CVE: CVE-2017-3141

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 14 Jun 2017

Program impacted: BIND

Versions affected: 9.2.6-P2->9.2.9, 9.3.2-P1->9.3.6, 9.4.0->9.8.8, 9.9.0->9.9.10, 9.10.0->9.10.5, 9.11.0->9.11.1, 9.9.3-S1->9.9.10-S1, 9.10.5-S1

Severity: Critical

Exploitable: Locally


The BIND installer on Windows uses an unquoted service path, which can enable a local user to achieve privilege escalation if the host file system permissions allow this.


This vulnerability exists in the installer delivered with BIND for Windows and not within BIND itself. Non-Windows builds and installations are unaffected. A manual installation of BIND where the service path is quoted when added would not be at risk.

CVSS Score: 7.2


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BIND installations on Windows are not at risk if the host file permissions prevent creation of a binary in a location where the service executor would run it instead of named.exe.

Active exploits:

No known active exploits, but this generic weakness is already a well-known attack vector if user file access permissions do not adequately prevent the installation of malicious executables.

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

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.10-P1
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.5-P1
  • BIND 9 version 9.11.1-P1

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

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.10-S2
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.5-S2

Acknowledgements: ISC would like to thank John Page aka hyp3rlinx for reporting this issue.

Document Revision History:

1.0 Advance Notification, 6 June 2017 1.1 Added acknowledgement, 7 June 2017 2.0 Public Announcement, 14 June 2017

Related Documents:

See our BIND 9 Security Vulnerability Matrix for a complete listing of Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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