Vulnerability Note VU#137968

ISC BIND 9 RPZ zone named denial-of-service vulnerability

Original Release date: 05 Jul 2011 | Last revised: 07 Jul 2011


ISC BIND 9 contains a remote crashing vulnerability when running with certain RPZ configurations.


According to ISC:

A defect in the affected versions of BIND could cause the "named" process to exit when queried, if the server has recursion enabled and was configured with an RPZ zone containing certain types of records. Specifically, these are any DNAME record and certain kinds of CNAME records.

The patch release of BIND 9.8.0-P4 alters the behavior of RPZ zones by ignoring any DNAME records in an RPZ zone, and correctly returning CNAME records from RPZ zones.

Note that DNAME has no defined effect on the RPZ engine and its presence in an RPZ zone is ignored. The definitive list of meaningful patterns in an RPZ zone is given in the BIND 9 Administrative Reference Manual and also in
ISC Technical Note 2010-1.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker can cause the named daemon to crash creating a denial of service condition.


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Users who obtain BIND from a third-party vendor, such as their operating system vendor, should see the vendor information portion of this document for a partial list of affected vendors.

This vulnerability is addressed in ISC BIND version 9.8.0-P4. Users of BIND from the original source distribution should upgrade to this version.

See also

According to ISC:
Do not put certain CNAME or any DNAME records into an RPZ zone file until your software can be patched. If you subscribe to a service which supplies your RPZ zone data, ensure that it does not contain any DNAME or certain CNAME records. The CNAME records which must not be used are those which signal the RPZ engine to rewrite query names. CNAME records which signal the RPZ engine to forge an NXDOMAIN response are not affected by this defect.

An example of an RPZ rule which causes a query name to be rewritten is:


An example of an RPZ rule which causes an NXDOMAIN response to be returned is:


Please refer to the BIND 9 Administrative Reference Manual or to
ISC Technical Note 2010-1 for more information about the Response Policy Zone (RPZ) feature which was added to BIND 9 in Version 9.8.0.

Vendor Information (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Internet Systems ConsortiumAffected16 Jun 201105 Jul 2011
Red Hat, Inc.Affected-07 Jul 2011
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Thanks to Internet Systems Consortium for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Michael Orlando.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2011-2465
  • Date Public: 05 Jul 2011
  • Date First Published: 05 Jul 2011
  • Date Last Updated: 07 Jul 2011
  • Severity Metric: 17.85
  • Document Revision: 14


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