CVE-2020-8620: A specially crafted large TCP payload can trigger an assertion failure in tcpdns.c
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CVE-2020-8620: A specially crafted large TCP payload can trigger an assertion failure in tcpdns.c

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CVE: CVE-2020-8620

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 20 August 2020

Program impacted: BIND

Versions affected: BIND 9.15.6 -> 9.16.5, 9.17.0 -> 9.17.3

Severity: Medium

Exploitable: Remotely

Description:

In versions of BIND that use the libuv network manager (9.16.x is the only stable branch affected) an incorrectly specified maximum buffer size allows a specially crafted large TCP payload to trigger an assertion failure when it is received.

Impact:

An attacker who can establish a TCP connection with the server and send data on that connection can exploit this to trigger the assertion failure, causing the server to exit.

CVSS Score: 6.7

CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and to obtain your specific environmental score please visit: https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln-metrics/cvss/v3-calculator?vector=AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C&version=3.1.

Workarounds:

No workarounds known.

Active exploits:

We are not aware of any active exploits.

Solution:

Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your current version of BIND:

  • BIND 9.16.6
  • BIND 9.17.4

Acknowledgments: ISC would like to thank Emanuel Almeida of Cisco Systems, Inc. for bringing this vulnerability to our attention.

Document revision history:

1.0 Early Notification, 12 August 2020
1.1 Updated Posting Date, 17 August 2020
2.0 Public Announcement, 20 August 2020

Related documents:

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

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Note:

ISC patches only currently supported versions. When possible we indicate EOL versions affected. (For current information on which versions are actively supported, please see https://www.isc.org/download/.)

ISC Security Vulnerability Disclosure Policy:

Details of our current security advisory policy and practice can be found in the ISC Software Defect and Security Vulnerability Disclosure Policy at https://kb.isc.org/docs/aa-00861.

The Knowledgebase article https://kb.isc.org/docs/cve-2020-8620 is the complete and official security advisory document.

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