There is a vulnerability in BIND that affects AIX.
DESCRIPTION: ISC BIND is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an assertion failure while answering queries for DNAME records. By sending a query for DNAME records, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to trigger a failed assertion check and terminate the named process.
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/200960 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
Affected Products and Versions
The following fileset levels are vulnerable:
|Fileset||Lower Level||Upper Level|
IBM has assigned the following APARs to this problem:
Subscribe to the APARs here:
By subscribing, you will receive periodic email alerting you to the status of the APAR, and a link to download the fix once it becomes available.
AIX and VIOS fixes are available.
The AIX and VIOS fixes can be downloaded via ftp or http from:
The link above is to a tar file containing this signed advisory, fix packages, and OpenSSL signatures for each package. The fixes below include prerequisite checking. This will enforce the correct mapping between the fixes and AIX Technology Levels.
|AIX Level||Interim Fix|
Please note that the above table refers to AIX TL/SP level as opposed to fileset level, i.e., 126.96.36.199 is AIX 7200-03-05.
Please reference the Affected Products and Version section above for help with checking installed fileset levels.
|VIOS Level||Interim Fix|
The above fixes are cumulative and address previously issued AIX/VIOS BIND security bulletins with respect to /usr/sbin/named9. For full AIX/VIOS BIND remediation, the above fixes should be installed alongside the fixes issued with:
To extract the fixes from the tar file:
tar xvf bind_fix19.tar
Verify you have retrieved the fixes intact:
The checksums below were generated using the "openssl dgst -sha256 [filename]" command as the following:
|openssl dgst -sha256||filename|
These sums should match exactly. The OpenSSL signatures in the tar file and on this advisory can also be used to verify the integrity of the fixes. If the sums or signatures cannot be confirmed, contact IBM Support at http://ibm.com/support/ and describe the discrepancy.
openssl dgst -sha256 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [advisory_file].sig [advisory_file]
openssl dgst -sha256 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [ifix_file].sig [ifix_file]
Published advisory OpenSSL signature file location:
C. FIX AND INTERIM FIX INSTALLATION
If possible, it is recommended that a mksysb backup of the system be created. Verify it is both bootable and readable before proceeding.
To preview a fix installation:
installp -a -d fix_name -p all # where fix_name is the name of the
# fix package being previewed.
To install a fix package:
installp -a -d fix_name -X all # where fix_name is the name of the
# fix package being installed.
Interim fixes have had limited functional and regression testing but not the full regression testing that takes place for Service Packs; however, IBM does fully support them.
Interim fix management documentation can be found at:
To preview an interim fix installation:
emgr -e ipkg_name -p # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being previewed.
To install an interim fix package:
emgr -e ipkg_name -X # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being installed.
Workarounds and Mitigations
Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins
27 Jul 2021: Initial Publication
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
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15 September 2021