Date: 12 May 2014
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
A defect in the prefetch feature can cause named to crash
when handling some queries.
12 May 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Denial of Service -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2014-3214
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A defect in the prefetch feature can cause named to crash when
handling some queries.
Document Version: 2.0
Posting date: 8 May 2014
Program Impacted: BIND
Versions affected: 9.10.0
A defect in the pre-fetch feature (which is enabled by default)
can cause BIND 9.10.0 to terminate with a "REQUIRE" assertion
failure if it processes queries whose answers have particular
attributes. This can be triggered as the result of normal query
Recursive nameservers are vulnerable to this defect. Authoritative-only
servers are not at risk. On an affected nameserver, the assertion
failure, if triggered, results in an immediate exit from named,
denying service to clients attempting to query the recursive
CVSS Score: 7.8
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)
For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and
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The problematic code is bypassed and prefetching is disabled by
setting the prefetch option to zero within the options block
There are no known active exploits but the crash has been
independently reported by multiple organizations.
Upgrade to the patched release listed below. BIND software can
be downloaded from http://www.isc.org/downloads
- BIND 9 version 9.10.0-P1
ISC would like to thank each of the individuals who independently
discovered and reported the problem.
Document Revision History:
1.0 Phase One, Advance Notification 7 May 2014
2.0 Phase Four, Public Disclosure: 8 May 2014
See our BIND Security Matrix ( https://kb.isc.org/article/AA-00913 )
for a complete listing of Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.
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