[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-14:30.unbound
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Wed Dec 17 08:36:53 UTC 2014
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FreeBSD-SA-14:30.unbound Security Advisory
The FreeBSD Project
Topic: unbound remote denial of service vulnerability
Affects: FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE and later
Credits: Florian Maury (ANSSI)
Corrected: 2014-12-17 06:58:00 UTC (stable/10, 10.1-STABLE)
2014-12-17 06:59:47 UTC (releng/10.1, 10.1-RELEASE-p2)
2014-12-17 06:59:47 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RELEASE-p14)
CVE Name: CVE-2014-8602
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Unbound is a validating, recursive, and caching DNS resolver.
II. Problem Description
By causing queries to be made against a maliciously-constructed zone or
against a malicious DNS server, an attacker who is able to cause
specific queries to be sent to a nameserver can trick unbound(8) resolver
into following an endless series of delegations, which consumes a lot of
Unbound will spend a lot of resources on this query, and this will impact
unbound's CPU and network resources. Unbound may therefore lose some
ability or timelines for the service of customer queries (a denial of
service). Unbound will continue to respond normally for cached queries.
No workaround is available, but hosts not running unbound(8) are not
Perform one of the following:
1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to a supported FreeBSD stable or
release / security branch (releng) dated after the correction date.
2) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:
Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:
# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install
3) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:
The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.
a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/SA-14:30/unbound.patch
# fetch https://security.FreeBSD.org/patches/SA-14:30/unbound.patch.asc
# gpg --verify unbound.patch.asc
b) Apply the patch. Execute the following commands as root:
# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch
c) Recompile the operating system using buildworld and installworld as
described in <URL:https://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/makeworld.html>.
Restart the unbound(8) daemons, or reboot the system.
VI. Correction details
The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:
# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://svn.freebsd.org/base
Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:
The latest revision of this advisory is available at
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