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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   BIND Vendors:   ISC (Internet Software Consortium)
(FreeBSD Issues Fix) ISC BIND TKEY Query Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Cause the Target Service to Crash
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1033104
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2015-5477   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 29 2015
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 9.1.0 - 9.8.x, 9.9.0 - 9.9.7-P1, 9.10.0 - 9.10.2-P2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in ISC BIND. A remote user can cause the target service to crash.

A remote user can send a specially crafted TKEY query packet to trigger a REQUIRE assertion failure and cause the named service to crash. The flaw occurs prior to the access control list checks.

Recursive and authoritative servers are affected.

Jonathan Foote reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can cause the target named service to crash.
Solution:   FreeBSD has issued a fix.

The FreeBSD advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Exception handling error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (FreeBSD)
Underlying OS Comments:  8.4, 9.3

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Jul 29 2015 ISC BIND TKEY Query Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Cause the Target Service to Crash

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-15:17.bind

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FreeBSD-SA-15:17.bind                                       Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          BIND remote denial of service vulnerability

Category:       contrib
Module:         bind
Announced:      2015-07-28
Credits:        ISC
Affects:        FreeBSD 8.x and FreeBSD 9.x.
Corrected:      2015-07-28 19:58:54 UTC (stable/9, 9.3-STABLE)
                2015-07-28 19:59:22 UTC (releng/9.3, 9.3-RELEASE-p21)
                2015-07-28 19:58:54 UTC (stable/8, 8.4-STABLE)
                2015-07-28 19:59:22 UTC (releng/8.4, 8.4-RELEASE-p35)
CVE Name:       CVE-2015-5477

For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:>.

I.   Background

BIND 9 is an implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS) protocols.
The named(8) daemon is an Internet Domain Name Server.

II.  Problem Description

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.

III. Impact

A remote attacker can trigger a crash of a name server.  Both recursive and
authoritative servers are affected, and the exposure can not be mitigated
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.

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available, but systems that are not running BIND are not

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to a supported FreeBSD stable or
release / security branch (releng) dated after the correction date.

The named service has to be restarted after the update.  A reboot is
recommended but not required.

2) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:

Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install

The named service has to be restarted after the update.  A reboot is
recommended but not required.

3) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:

The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# fetch
# fetch
# gpg --verify bind.patch.asc

b) Apply the patch.  Execute the following commands as root:

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

c) Recompile the operating system using buildworld and installworld as
described in <URL:>.

Restart the applicable daemons, or reboot the system.

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
affected branch.

Branch/path                                                      Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
stable/8/                                                         r285977
releng/8.4/                                                       r285980
stable/9/                                                         r285977
releng/9.3/                                                       r285980
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:

# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://

Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:


VII. References



The latest revision of this advisory is available at
Version: GnuPG v2.1.6 (FreeBSD)

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