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A bind9 security update has been released for Debian GNU/Linux 8 and 9 Extended LTS to address a potential denial of service (DoS) vulnerability.

ELA-904-1 bind9 security update

Package : bind9
Version : 1:9.9.5.dfsg-9+deb8u29 (jessie), 1:9.10.3.dfsg.P4-12.3+deb9u14 (stretch)

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A potential denial of service (DoS) vulnerability was discovered in bind9, the
popular DNS server.
Every named instance configured to run as a recursive resolver maintains a
cache database holding the responses to the queries it has recently sent to
authoritative servers. The size limit for that cache database can be configured
using the max-cache-size statement in the configuration file which defaults
to 90% of the total amount of memory available on the host. When the size of
the cache reaches 7/8 of the configured limit, a cache-cleaning algorithm
starts to remove expired and/or least-recently used RRsets from the cache in
order to keep memory use below the configured limit.
However, it was discovered that the effectiveness of the cache-cleaning
algorithm used in named can be severely diminished by querying the resolver
for specific RRsets in a certain order, effectively allowing the configured
max-cache-size limit to be significantly exceeded.
By exploiting this flaw, an attacker could have caused the amount of memory
used by a named resolver to go well beyond the configured max-cache-size
limit. The effectiveness of the attack depends on a number of factors (e.g.
query load, query patterns), but since the default value of the
max-cache-size statement is 90%, in the worst case, the attacker can exhaust
all available memory on the host running named, leading to a
denial-of-service condition.

ELA-904-1 bind9 security update