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Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:16:51 +0200
From: Florian Weimer <>
Subject: Re: The Bind incident

* Mike O'Connor:

> Note that the BIND 9.4 ESV formally EOLed just last month:
> So, if you are distributing an older rev of BIND and some new security
> issue comes up that you are prone to, it _might_ not be quite as easy to
> backport the fixes.

If you move from 9.4 or 9.5 to 9.6, your users might hit an issue in
the OpenSSL initialization function:


We've applied the kludge below to our 9.6 version, which seems to
address the most common cause of a silently dying named process.
(There are others, but those are more difficult to check.)

diff --git a/lib/dns/openssl_link.c b/lib/dns/openssl_link.c
index 2dc7d7e..80e6e00 100644
--- a/lib/dns/openssl_link.c
+++ b/lib/dns/openssl_link.c
@@ -48,12 +48,16 @@
 #include "dst_internal.h"
 #include "dst_openssl.h"
+#include <dns/log.h>
 #include <openssl/err.h>
 #include <openssl/rand.h>
 #include <openssl/evp.h>
 #include <openssl/conf.h>
 #include <openssl/crypto.h>
+#include <unistd.h>
 #if defined(CRYPTO_LOCK_ENGINE) && (OPENSSL_VERSION_NUMBER >= 0x0090707f)
 #define USE_ENGINE 1
@@ -188,7 +192,19 @@ dst__openssl_init() {
 	rm->pseudorand = entropy_getpseudo;
 	rm->status = entropy_status;
 #ifdef USE_ENGINE
+	const char *cnf_path = "/usr/lib/ssl/openssl.cnf";
+	if (access(cnf_path, R_OK) == -1 && errno != ENOENT) {
+		isc_log_write(dns_lctx, DNS_LOGCATEGORY_GENERAL,
+			      "The OpenSSL configuration file %s exists, "
+			      "but it is not readable.", cnf_path);
+		isc_log_write(dns_lctx, DNS_LOGCATEGORY_GENERAL,
+			      "The process may terminate without further "
+			      "notice.");
+	}
 #ifdef USE_PKCS11
 #ifndef PKCS11_SO_PATH
 #define PKCS11_SO_PATH		"/usr/local/lib/engines/"

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