Active Exploitation of Vulnerability in BIND

Number: AL15-011
Date: 31 July 2015

Purpose

The purpose of this alert is to bring attention to recently active exploitation of a recently disclosed vulnerability in BIND.

Assessment

CCIRC is aware of attacks exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in BIND.  As a result, CCIRC would like to raise awareness concerning this potentially serious vulnerability. Malicious actors can exploit this vulnerability against authoritative and recursive domain name servers, which forces the BIND process to exit, causing a denial of service.

The affected versions of BIND include: 9.1.0 to 9.8.x, 9.9.0 to 9.9.7-P1 & 9.10.0 to 9.10.2-P2

CVE Reference: CVE-2015-5477

Suggested action

Due to the elevated risk that this vulnerability presents, CCIRC recommends that system administrators test and deploy vendor-released updates to affected applications accordingly. CCIRC recommends that priority is given to these patches.

References

ISC: About CVE-2015-5477
https://www.isc.org/blogs/about-cve-2015-5477-an-error-in-handling-tkey-queries-can-cause-named-to-exit-with-a-require-assertion-failure

ISC: CVE-2015-5477: An error in handling TKEY queries can cause named to exit with a REQUIRE assertion failure
https://kb.isc.org/article/AA-01272

Arstechnica: Major flaw could let lone-wolf hacker bring down huge swaths of Internet
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/07/major-flaw-could-let-lone-wolf-hacker-bring-down-huge-swath-of-internet

Note to Readers

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