CVE-2018-5740: A flaw in the "deny-answer-aliases" feature can cause an assertion failure in named
- Updated on 05 Sep 2018
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A rarely-used feature in BIND has a flaw which can cause named to exit with an assertion failure.
Document Version: 2.0
Posting date: 08 August 2018
Program Impacted: BIND
Versions affected: 9.7.0->9.8.8, 9.9.0->9.9.13, 9.10.0->9.10.8, 9.11.0->9.11.4, 9.12.0->9.12.2, 9.13.0->9.13.2
Severity: High (but only for servers on which the "deny-answer-aliases" feature is explicitly enabled)
Description: "deny-answer-aliases" is a little-used feature intended to help recursive server operators protect end users against DNS rebinding attacks, a potential method of circumventing the security model used by client browsers. However, a defect in this feature makes it easy, when the feature is in use, to experience an assertion failure in name.c.
Impact: Accidental or deliberate triggering of this defect will cause a REQUIRE assertion failure in named, causing the named process to stop execution and resulting in denial of service to clients. Only servers which have explicitly enabled the "deny-answer-aliases" feature are at risk and disabling the feature prevents exploitation.
CVSS Score: 7.5
CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H
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Workarounds: This vulnerability can be avoided by disabling the "deny-answer-aliases" feature if it is in use.
Active exploits: No known active exploits.
Solution: Most operators will not need to make any changes unless they are using the "deny-answer-aliases" feature (which is described in the BIND 9 Adminstrator Reference Manual section 6.2.) "deny-answer-aliases" is off by default; only configurations which explicitly enable it can be affected by this defect.
If you are using "deny-answer-aliases", upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of BIND.
BIND Supported Preview Edition is a special feature preview branch of BIND provided to eligible ISC support customers.
Acknowledgements: ISC would like to thank Tony Finch of the University of Cambridge for reporting this issue.
Document Revision History:
1.0 Advance Notification 31 July, 2018
2.0 Public Disclosure 08 August, 2018
2.1 Initial text incorrectly described the failed assertion as an INSIST (rather than REQUIRE) assertion 09 August, 2018
Related Documents: See our BIND 9 Security Vulnerability Matrix for a complete listing of Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.
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