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Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:09:20 -0500
From: Michael McNally <>
Subject: CVE-2015-8000: Responses with a malformed class attribute can trigger
 an assertion failure in db.c

CVE:                CVE-2015-8000
Document Version:   2.0
Posting date:       15 December 2015
Program Impacted:   BIND
Versions affected:  9.0.x -> 9.9.8, 9.10.0 -> 9.10.3
Severity:           Critical
Exploitable:        Remotely


   An error in the parsing of incoming responses allows some records
   with an incorrect class to be accepted by BIND instead of
   being rejected as malformed.  This can trigger a REQUIRE assertion
   failure when those records are subsequently cached. Intentional
   exploitation of this condition is possible and could be used as
   a denial-of-service vector against servers performing recursive


   An attacker who can cause a server to request a record with a
   malformed class attribute can use this bug to trigger a REQUIRE
   assertion in db.c, causing named to exit and denying service to
   clients.  The risk to recursive servers is high. Authoritative
   servers are at limited risk if they perform authentication when
   making recursive queries to resolve addresses for servers listed
   in NS RRSETs.

CVSS Score:         7.1

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

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Workarounds:        None.
Active exploits:    No known active exploits.


   Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your
   current version of BIND. Public open-source branches can be
   downloaded from

     BIND 9 version 9.9.8-P2
     BIND 9 version 9.10.3-P2

   BIND 9 Supported Preview edition is a feature preview version
   of BIND provided exclusively to ISC Support customers.

     BIND 9 version 9.9.8-S3

Document Revision History:

   1.0  Advance Notification, 24 November, 2015
   1.1  Software releases 9.9.8-P1 and 9.10.3-P1 replaced with
        9.9.8-P2 and 9.10.3-P2 to address CVE-2015-8461, advisory
        text and schedule updated, 8 December 2015
   2.0  Public Disclosure, 15 December 2015

Related Documents:

   See our BIND9 Security Vulnerability Matrix at for a complete listing of
   Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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