AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
               ESB-1999.181 -- SGI Security Advisory 19991108
                            BIND Vulnerabilities
                              01 December 1999


Silicon Graphics Inc. has released the following advisory concerning 
multiple BIND vulnerabilities as referenced in CERT Advisory CERT CA-99-14
and AusCERT External Security Bulletin ESB-1999.170.

Remote users may execute arbitrary code with the privilege of the named 
daemon or impair normal operation of the daemon on systems with vulnerable 
versions of BIND.  The vulnerability for SGI operating systems:  IRIX,
UNICOS and SGI Linux depends on which BIND distribution version was
installed.  A table of vulnerabilities and SGI BIND versions may be found
in the Advisory included below.

Under certain circumstances these vulnerabilities may allow remote users
to gain root access or to perform Denial of Service (DoS) attacks against
vulnerable systems.

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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:   BIND Vulnerabilities
        Title:   CERT CA-99-14
        Number:  19991101-01-I
        Date:    November 30, 1999

SGI provides this information freely to the SGI user community for its
consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   SGI recommends
that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

SGI provides the information in this Security Advisory on an "AS-IS" basis
only, and disclaims all warranties with respect thereto, express, implied
or otherwise, including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability
or fitness for a particular purpose.  In no event shall SGI be liable for
any loss of profits, loss of business, loss of data or for any indirect,
special, exemplary, incidental or consequential damages of any kind arising
from your use of, failure to use or improper use of any of the instructions
or information in this Security Advisory.

As a followup to the CERT(sm) Advisory CA-99-14
"CERT® Advisory CA-99-14 Multiple Vulnerabilities in BIND",
SGI has investigated and provides the following information.

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The BIND distribution provides Internet domain name service known as DNS.

ISC and CERT have reported several vulnerabilities discovered in
certain versions of BIND distributions.  These vulnerabilities can be
used to perform denial of service attacks and/or to obtain privileged
access remotely.

SGI has investigated the issue and provides the following information for
customer interpretation and possible action.

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SGI distributes BIND for all SGI operating systems:  IRIX, UNICOS
and SGI Linux.  Vulnerability exposure depends on which BIND distribution
version was installed.  A table of vulnerabilities and BIND versions
can be found on: http://www.isc.org/products/BIND/bind-security-19991108.html

SGI distributes BIND 4.9.7 on IRIX as eoe.sw.named which is not loaded
by default on IRIX systems. The named(1M) man page incorrectly states "This
version is based on the BIND 4.9.4 patchlevel 1 release from Paul Vixie."
This version of BIND can lead to a denial of service.

SGI distributes BIND 8.2.1 on http://freeware.sgi.com/ for IRIX.
This version of BIND can lead to a denial of service and remote access.

SGI distributes BIND 4.9.3 on UNICOS on Cray systems.
This version of BIND can lead to a denial of service.

SGI distributes BIND 8.2 on SGI Linux 1.0/1.1 which is based on RedHat 6.0.
This version of BIND can lead to a denial of service and remote access.

These vulnerabilities were reported by Internet Software Consortium (ISC):

These vulnerabilities were also reported by CERT(sm) in Advisory CA-99-14:

These vulnerabilities have been publicly discussed in public Usenet
newsgroups and Internet mailing lists.

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Unfortunately, there are no immediate or temporary workarounds for
this issue.  This issue can only be addressed with the installation
of a updated version of the BIND 8.2.2-P5 distribution.

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No SGI patches are currently available for the various SGI BIND distributions.

Unsupported by SGI, BIND 8.2.2-P5 fixes for these vulnerabilities can
be found on:

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- - --- Acknowledgments ---
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SGI wishes to thank the Internet Software Consortium and the CERT
Coordination Center for their assistance in this matter.

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