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Security Update: DoS attack against named
From: Caldera Support Info <sup-info () LOCUTUS4 CALDERASYSTEMS COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 16:59:28 -0700

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                   Caldera Systems, Inc.  Security Advisory

Subject:                DoS attack against named
Advisory number:        CSSA-2000-040.0
Issue date:             2000 November, 10
Cross reference:
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1. Problem Description

   There's a bug in named's handling of compressed zone transfers
   (ZXFR) that causes it to crash under certain circumstances.
   At the very least, this is a denial of service attack. As the
   bug is still being investigated, it cannot be ruled out that
   this bug has a more severe security impact.

   This bug affects you _only_ if you are running named, and act
   as the primary name server for one or more zones. If does not
   affect you if you merely run named in forwarding mode.

2. Vulnerable Versions

   System                       Package
   -----------------------------------------------------------
   OpenLinux Desktop 2.3        All packages previous to
                                bind-8.2.2p7-1

   OpenLinux eServer 2.3        All packages previous to
   and OpenLinux eBuilder       bind-8.2.2p7-1

   OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4       All packages previous to
                                bind-8.2.2p7-1

3. Solution

   Workaround:

   As a minimum, you should restrict zone transfers to those hosts
   that actually act as your secondary name servers. You can
   do this by adding an "allow-transfer" statement to each zone
   you act as a primary for. For instance,

       zone "foobar.com" {
           type            master;
           file            "foobar.com";
           allow-transfer  { 192.168.1.1; 192.168.3.17 };
       }

   This will not completely protect you from the ZXFR attack,
   but now the only sites able to perform it are those listed
   in the allow-transfer clause.

4. OpenLinux Desktop 2.3

   4.1 Location of Fixed Packages

       The upgrade packages can be found on Caldera's FTP site at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/2.3/current/RPMS/

       The corresponding source code package can be found at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/2.3/current/SRPMS

   4.2 Verification

       9d8429f25c5fb3bebe2d66b1f9321e61  RPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       0e958eb01f40826f000d779dbe6b8cb3  RPMS/bind-doc-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       866ff74c77e9c04a6abcddcc11dbe17b  RPMS/bind-utils-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       6a545924805effbef01de74e34ba005e  SRPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.src.rpm

   4.3 Installing Fixed Packages

       Upgrade the affected packages with the following commands:

          rpm -Fhv bind-*.i386.rpm

5. OpenLinux eServer 2.3 and OpenLinux eBuilder for ECential 3.0

   5.1 Location of Fixed Packages

       The upgrade packages can be found on Caldera's FTP site at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/eServer/2.3/current/RPMS/

       The corresponding source code package can be found at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/eServer/2.3/current/SRPMS

   5.2 Verification

       379c4328604b4491a8f3d0de44e42347  RPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       b428b824c8b67f2d8d4bf53738a3e7e0  RPMS/bind-doc-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       28311d630281976a870d38abe91f07fb  RPMS/bind-utils-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       6a545924805effbef01de74e34ba005e  SRPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.src.rpm

   5.3 Installing Fixed Packages

       Upgrade the affected packages with the following commands:

          rpm -Fhv bind-*.i386.rpm

6. OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4

   6.1 Location of Fixed Packages

       The upgrade packages can be found on Caldera's FTP site at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/eDesktop/2.4/current/RPMS/

       The corresponding source code package can be found at:

       ftp://ftp.calderasystems.com/pub/updates/eDesktop/2.4/current/SRPMS

   6.2 Verification

       c37b6673cc9539e592013ac114846940  RPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       bbe0d7e317fde0d47cba1384f6d4b635  RPMS/bind-doc-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       5c28dd5641a4550c03e9859d945a806e  RPMS/bind-utils-8.2.2p7-1.i386.rpm
       6a545924805effbef01de74e34ba005e  SRPMS/bind-8.2.2p7-1.src.rpm

   6.3 Installing Fixed Packages

       Upgrade the affected packages with the following commands:

          rpm -Fhv bind-*.i386.rpm

7. References

   This and other Caldera security resources are located at:

   http://www.calderasystems.com/support/security/index.html

   This security fix closes Caldera's internal Problem Report 8230.

8. Disclaimer

   Caldera Systems, Inc. is not responsible for the misuse of any of the
   information we provide on this website and/or through our security
   advisories. Our advisories are a service to our customers intended to
   promote secure installation and use of Caldera OpenLinux.

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