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From: D. J. Bernstein <djb <at> cr.yp.to>
Subject: djbdns<=1.05 lets AXFRed subdomains overwrite domains
Newsgroups: gmane.network.djbdns
Date: Wednesday 4th March 2009 01:34:21 UTC (over 7 years ago)
If the administrator of example.com publishes the example.com DNS data
through tinydns and axfrdns, and includes data for sub.example.com
transferred from an untrusted third party, then that third party can
control cache entries for example.com, not just sub.example.com. This is
the result of a bug in djbdns pointed out by Matthew Dempsky. (In short,
axfrdns compresses some outgoing DNS packets incorrectly.)

Even though this bug affects very few users, it is a violation of the
expected security policy in a reasonable situation, so it is a security
hole in djbdns. Third-party DNS service is discouraged in the djbdns
documentation but is nevertheless supported. Dempsky is hereby awarded
$1000.

The next release of djbdns will be backed by a new security guarantee.
In the meantime, if any users are in the situation described above,
those users are advised to apply Dempsky's patch and requested to accept
my apologies. The patch is also recommended for other users; it corrects
the bug without any side effects. A copy of the patch appears below.

---D. J. Bernstein 
   Research Professor, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago


--- response.c.orig     2009-02-24 21:04:06.000000000 -0800
+++ response.c  2009-02-24 21:04:25.000000000 -0800
@@ -34,7 +34,7 @@
         uint16_pack_big(buf,49152 + name_ptr[i]);
         return response_addbytes(buf,2);
       }
-    if (dlen <= 128)
+    if ((dlen <= 128) && (response_len < 16384))
       if (name_num < NAMES) {
        byte_copy(name[name_num],dlen,d);
        name_ptr[name_num] = response_len;
 
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