BIND Dynamic Update DoS

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2009-07-29T00:00:00


BIND Dynamic Update DoS CVE: CVE-2009-0696
CERT: VU#725188
Posting date: 2009-07-28
Program Impacted: BIND
Versions affected: BIND 9 (all versions) Severity: High
Exploitable: remotely
Summary: BIND denial of service (server crash) caused by receipt of a specific remote dynamic update message. Description:

Urgent: this exploit is public. Please upgrade immediately.

Receipt of a specially-crafted dynamic update message to a zone for which the server is the master may cause BIND 9 servers to exit. Testing indicates that the attack packet has to be formulated against a zone for which that machine is a master. Launching the attack against slave zones does not trigger the assert.

This vulnerability affects all servers that are masters for one or more zones – it is not limited to those that are configured to allow dynamic updates. Access controls will not provide an effective workaround.

dns_db_findrdataset() fails when the prerequisite section of the dynamic update message contains a record of type “ANY” and where at least one RRset for this FQDN exists on the server.

db.c:659: REQUIRE(type != ((dns_rdatatype_t)dns_rdatatype_any)) failed exiting (due to assertion failure). Workarounds: None.

(Some sites may have firewalls that can be configured with packet filtering techniques to prevent nsupdate messages from reaching their nameservers.) Active exploits: An active remote exploit is in wide circulation at this time. Solution:

Upgrade BIND to one of 9.4.3-P3, 9.5.1-P3 or 9.6.1-P1. These versions can be downloaded from:


Matthias Urlichs for reporting the problem. Tom Daly for methodical follow-on testing. Revision History:

2009-07-28 Initial text 2009-07-29 Update to reflect Tom Daly's findings