CVE:                 CVE-2018-5736
Document Version:    2.0
Posting date:        18 May 2018
Program Impacted:    BIND
Versions affected:   9.12.0 and 9.12.1
Severity:            Medium
Exploitable:         Remotely, if an attacker can trigger a zone transfer


   An error in zone database reference counting can lead to an
   assertion failure if a server which is running an affected version
   of BIND attempts several transfers of a slave zone in quick

   This defect could be deliberately exercised by an attacker who
   is permitted to cause a vulnerable server to initiate zone
   transfers (for example: by sending valid NOTIFY messages), causing
   the named process to exit after failing the assertion test.


   Authoritative servers that serve slave zones are vulnerable to
   potential denial of service if all of the following are true:

   +  they are running an affected version of BIND (BIND 9.12.0
      or 9.12.1)
   +  at least one of the zones for which they are providing service
      is of type "slave"
   +  they permit NOTIFY messages from any source.

CVSS Score:          5.3
CVSS Vector:         CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

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   For servers which must receive notifies to keep slave zone
   contents current, no complete workarounds are known although
   restricting BIND to only accept NOTIFY messages from authorized
   sources can greatly mitigate the risk of attack.

Active exploits:

   No known active exploits.


   The reference counting error which can be exploited in this
   vulnerability is present in only two public release versions of
   BIND, 9.12.0 and 9.12.1.  If you are running an affected version
   then upgrade to BIND 9.12.1-P1


   ISC would like to thank SWITCH for informing us of this vulnerability.

Document Revision History:

   1.0 Advance Notification 09 May 2018
   2.0 Public Disclosure 18 May 2018

Related Documents:

   See our BIND9 Security Vulnerability Matrix at for a complete listing of
   Security Vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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