CVE-2022-38178: Memory leaks in EdDSA DNSSEC verification code
  • 21 Sep 2022
  • 2 Minutes to read
  • Contributors
  • Dark
  • PDF

CVE-2022-38178: Memory leaks in EdDSA DNSSEC verification code

  • Dark
  • PDF

Article Summary

CVE: CVE-2022-38178

Document version: 2.0

Posting date: 21 September 2022

Program impacted: BIND

Versions affected:


  • 9.9.12 -> 9.9.13
  • 9.10.7 -> 9.10.8
  • 9.11.3 -> 9.16.32
  • 9.18.0 -> 9.18.6
  • 9.19.0 -> 9.19.4

BIND Supported Preview Edition

  • 9.11.4-S1 -> 9.11.37-S1
  • 9.16.8-S1 -> 9.16.32-S1

Severity: High

Exploitable: Remotely


The DNSSEC verification code for the EdDSA algorithm leaks memory when there is a signature length mismatch.


By spoofing the target resolver with responses that have a malformed EdDSA signature, an attacker can trigger a small memory leak. It is possible to gradually erode available memory to the point where named crashes for lack of resources.

CVSS Score: 7.5


For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and to obtain your specific environmental score please visit:


Disable the following algorithms in your configuration using the disable-algorithms option: ED25519, ED448. Note that this causes zones signed with these algorithms to be treated as insecure.

Active exploits:

This flaw was discovered in internal testing. We are not aware of any active exploits.


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

  • 9.16.33
  • 9.18.7
  • 9.19.5

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

  • 9.16.33-S1

Document revision history:

1.0 Early Notification, 14 September 2022
1.1 Minor punctuation corrections, 19 September 2022
2.0 Public disclosure, 21 September 2022

Related documents:

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

Do you still have questions? Questions regarding this advisory should be mailed to To report a new issue, please encrypt your message using's PGP key, which can be found here: If you are unable to use encrypted email you may also report new issues at:


ISC patches only currently supported versions. When possible we indicate EOL versions affected. For current information on which versions are actively supported, please see

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

The Knowledgebase article is the complete and official security advisory document.

Legal Disclaimer:

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is providing this notice on an "AS IS" basis. No warranty or guarantee of any kind is expressed in this notice and none should be implied. ISC expressly excludes and disclaims any warranties regarding this notice or materials referred to in this notice, including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, absence of hidden defects, or of non-infringement. Your use or reliance on this notice or materials referred to in this notice is at your own risk. ISC may change this notice at any time. A stand-alone copy or paraphrase of the text of this document that omits the document URL is an uncontrolled copy. Uncontrolled copies may lack important information, be out of date, or contain factual errors.