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CVE-2011-2464: ISC BIND 9 Remote Packet Denial of Service Against Authoritative and Recursive Servers
Author: Michael McNally Reference Number: AA-00457 Views: 15687 Created: 2011-09-09 23:19 Last Updated: 2012-06-07 13:16 0 Rating/ Voters

ISC BIND 9 Remote packet Denial of Service against Authoritative and Recursive Servers

A specially constructed packet will cause BIND 9 ("named") to exit, affecting DNS service.
Document Version: 
Posting date: 
05 Jul 2011
Program Impacted: 
Versions affected: 
9.6.3, 9.6-ESV-R4, 9.6-ESV-R4-P1, 9.6-ESV-R5b1 9.7.0, 9.7.0-P1, 9.7.0-P2, 9.7.1, 9.7.1-P1, 9.7.1-P2, 9.7.2, 9.7.2-P1, 9.7.2-P2, 9.7.2-P3, 9.7.3, 9.7.3-P1, 9.7.3-P2, 9.7.4b1 9.8.0, 9.8.0-P1, 9.8.0-P2, 9.8.0-P3, 9.8.1b1

A defect in the affected BIND 9 versions allows an attacker to remotely cause the "named" process to exit using a specially crafted packet. This defect affects both recursive and authoritative servers. The code location of the defect makes it impossible to protect BIND using ACLs configured within named.conf or by disabling any features at compile-time or run-time.

A remote attacker would need to be able to send a specially crafted packet directly to a server running a vulnerable version of BIND. There is also the potential for an indirect attack via malware that is inadvertently installed and run, where infected machines have direct access to an organization's nameservers.

CVSS Score: 7.8


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There are no known workarounds for publicly available servers. Administrators of servers that are not publicly available may be able to limit exposure via firewalls and packet filters.

Active exploits: 
ISC knows of no public tools to exploit this defect at the time of this advisory.

Upgrade to: 9.6-ESV-R4-P3, 9.7.3-P3 or 9.8.0-P4.

Review the BIND Vulnerability Matrix to insure older versions of BIND are not at risk to an older vulnerability.

Download these versions from the following locations:

  • ISC releases of BIND 9 software may be downloaded from
  • If you do not obtain your BIND software directly from ISC, contact your operating system or software vendor for an update.
  • If you are participating in ISC's beta or release candidate (RC) programs, please upgrade. ISC Beta/RC testers are expected to remove vulnerable versions and upgrade. No security advisories are issued for beta / release candidates once the corresponding final release is made.

In addition, 9.5.3b1 and 9.5.3rc1 are affected although ISC has not released a final production version of 9.5.3. Note that BIND 9.5 is End-of-Life, therefore if you are running a pre-release version of 9.5.3 we recommend upgrading to a supported production version of BIND.

9.6-ESV-R4-P2 is not affected by any known attack vectors, but has been replaced by 9.6-ESV-R4-P3 which carries a more complete fix

Other versions of BIND 9 not listed in this advisory are not vulnerable to this problem.

ISC thanks Roy Arends from Nominet for pin-pointing the exact nature of the vulnerability. We also thank Ramesh Damodaran of Infoblox for finding a variation of the attack vector and Mats Dufberg of TeliaSonera Sweden for confirming additional variants.

Document Revision History:

  • Version 1.0 - 14 June 2011:  Phase One Disclosure Date
  • Version 1.1 - 20 June 2011:  Phase Two Disclosure Date with updates.
  • Version 1.2 - 21 June 2011:  Updates on beta, RC, and clarity editing
  • Verison 1.3 - 21 June 2011:  Sent Hold Notices to Phase I constituents, extended Acknowledgments
  • Version 1.4 - 23 June 2011:  Updated -P versions to include Advanced Security Patches release to Phase I, and "Upgrade to:" versions
  • Version 1.5 - 24 June 2011:  Added document URL, sent schedule update to Phase I constituents.
  • Version 1.6 - 28 June 2011:  Updated Versions Affected, extended Acknowledgments, sent Phase I updates
  • Version 1.7 - 30 June 2011:  Updated attribution text.
  • Version 1.8 - 4 July 2011: Phase Three and Four Disclosure Date
  • version 2.0 - 5 July 2011: Public Disclosure
  • version 2.1 - 5 July 2011: Added link to BIND Vulnerablity Matrix and CVSS Worksheet. Added JPRS Partner Link, along with ISC's Spanish and Japanese Translations

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