CVE:                 CVE-2020-8617
Document version:    2.0
Posting date:        19 May 2020
Program impacted:    BIND
Versions affected:   BIND 9.0.0 -> 9.11.18, 9.12.0 -> 9.12.4-P2,
                     9.14.0 -> 9.14.11, 9.16.0 -> 9.16.2, and releases
                     9.17.0 -> 9.17.1 of the 9.17 experimental development
                     branch. All releases in the obsolete 9.13 and 9.15
                     development branches. All releases of BIND Supported
                     Preview Edition from 9.9.3-S1 -> 9.11.18-S1.
Severity:            High
Exploitable:         Remotely


   An error in BIND code which checks the validity of messages
   containing TSIG resource records can be exploited by an attacker
   to trigger an assertion failure in tsig.c, resulting in denial
   of service to clients.


   Using a specially-crafted message, an attacker may potentially
   cause a BIND server to reach an inconsistent state if the attacker
   knows (or successfully guesses) the name of a TSIG key used by
   the server.

   Since BIND, by default, configures a local session key even on
   servers whose configuration does not otherwise make use of it,
   almost all current BIND servers are vulnerable.

   In releases of BIND dating from March 2018 and after, an assertion
   check in tsig.c detects this inconsistent state and deliberately
   exits. Prior to the introduction of the check the server would
   continue operating in an inconsistent state, with potentially
   harmful results.

CVSS Score:          7.0
CVSS Vector:         CVSS:3.1AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

For more information on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System and
to obtain your specific environmental score please visit:


   None known.

Active exploits:

   We are not aware of any active exploits.


   Upgrade to the patched release most closely related to your
   current version of BIND:

   -  BIND 9.11.19
   -  BIND 9.14.12
   -  BIND 9.16.3

   BIND Supported Preview Edition is a special feature preview
   branch of BIND provided to eligible ISC support customers.

   -  BIND 9.11.19-S1


   ISC would like to thank Tobias Klein for discovering and reporting
   this issue.

Document revision history:

   1.0 Delivery to early advance notification customers
   1.1 Added Acknowledgments section
   1.2 CVSS score adjusted, as delivery of fixed versions changes
       CVSSv3 environmental subscore
   1.3 Added warning about local session key
   2.0 Public disclosure

Related documents:

   See our BIND 9 Security Vulnerability Matrix for a complete
   listing of security vulnerabilities and versions affected.

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