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Re: BIND Nuking
From: sthaug () NETHELP NO (Steinar Haug)
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 19:37:33 +0200

Why don't you try it out?

The answer: If the update comes from a host not on the access list, it
will be rejected, and the attempt will be logged, like this:

Jul 28 19:29:41 verdi named[2118]: unapproved update from [].1594 for netsafe.no

Putting in such an access list is probably not a good idea,
for what should be obvious reasons.

If the answer is Yes, this could be very dangerous, every BIND 8.1.x
compiled with ALLOW_UPDATES will be vulnerable, even if you don't have
access to modify zones.

The answer is no. Also, by default, no updates are allowed. It's only
if "allow-update" *and* a suitable access list is included in the named
configuration file that you'll be able to trigger this bug - and then
only from the host(s) mentioned in the access list.

It's still a bug, and needs to be fixed. But there's no reason to be
overly worried - of the sites running bind 8 I'd guess that only a very
small fraction have configured named to accept updates.

Steinar Haug, Nethelp consulting, sthaug () nethelp no

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