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CVE-2015-5477: An error in handling TKEY queries can cause named to exit with a REQUIRE assertion failure
Author: Michael McNally Reference Number: AA-01272 Views: 178721 Created: 2015-07-28 10:00 Last Updated: 2016-04-18 23:30 90 Rating/ 5 Voters

A deliberately constructed packet can exploit an error in the handling of queries for TKEY records, permitting denial of service.

Document Version:          
Posting date: 
28 July 2015
Program Impacted: 
Versions affected: 
9.1.0 -> 9.8.x, 9.9.0->9.9.7-P1, 9.10.0->9.10.2-P2


An error in the handling of TKEY queries can be exploited by an attacker for use as a denial-of-service vector, as a constructed packet can use the defect to trigger a REQUIRE assertion failure, causing BIND to exit.


Both recursive and authoritative servers are vulnerable to this defect.  Additionally, exposure is not prevented by either ACLs or configuration options limiting or denying service because the exploitable code occurs early in the packet handling, before checks enforcing those boundaries.

All versions of BIND 9 from BIND 9.1.0 (inclusive) through BIND 9.9.7-P1 and BIND 9.10.2-P2 are vulnerable.

Operators should take steps to upgrade to a patched version as soon as possible.

CVSS Score:  7.8

CVSS Vector:  (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

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Active exploits:

We have been informed that proof-of-concept code for an exploit has been published by a third party to a public source repository.

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

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.7-P2
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.2-P3
  • The attached patch can probably be applied to the source code for any vulnerable version of BIND 9.

Acknowledgements: ISC would like to thank Jonathan Foote for discovering and disclosing this vulnerability.

Document Revision History:

  • 1.0 Advance Notification - 21 July, 2015
  • 2.0 Public Disclosure - 28 July, 2015
  • 2.1 Added source code patch - 30 July, 2015
  • 2.2 Updated the "Active Exploits" section to include the information that an exploit has been publicly disclosed  - 1 August, 2015

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