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ISS Security Advisory: Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities in BIND4 and BIND8

by Nikola Strahija on November 12th, 2002 ISS X-Force has discovered several serious vulnerabilities in the Berkeley Internet Name Domain Server (BIND). BIND is the most common implementation of the DNS (Domain Name Service) protocol, which is used on the vast majority of DNS servers on the Internet. DNS is a vital Internet protocol that maintains a database of easy-to-remember domain names (host names) and their corresponding numerical IP addresses.


The vulnerabilities described in this advisory affect nearly all currently
deployed recursive DNS servers on the Internet. The DNS network is considered
a critical component of Internet infrastructure. There is no information
implying that these exploits are known to the computer underground, and there
are no reports of active attacks. If exploits for these vulnerabilities are
developed and made public, they may lead to compromise and DoS attacks against
vulnerable DNS servers. Since the vulnerability is widespread, an Internet
worm may be developed to propagate by exploiting the flaws in BIND. Widespread
attacks against the DNS system may lead to general instability and inaccuracy
of DNS data.

Affected Versions:

BIND SIG Cached RR Overflow Vulnerability

BIND 8, versions up to and including 8.3.3-REL
BIND 4, versions up to and including 4.9.10-REL


BIND 8, versions 8.3.0 up to and including 8.3.3-REL

BIND SIG Expiry Time DoS

BIND 8, versions up to and including 8.3.3-REL

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