Slackware Linux 15.0 / current bind Vulnerability (SSA:2023-264-01)

high Nessus Plugin ID 181772


The remote Slackware Linux host is missing a security update to bind.


The version of bind installed on the remote host is prior to 9.16.44 / 9.18.19. It is, therefore, affected by a vulnerability as referenced in the SSA:2023-264-01 advisory.

- The code that processes control channel messages sent to `named` calls certain functions recursively during packet parsing. Recursion depth is only limited by the maximum accepted packet size; depending on the environment, this may cause the packet-parsing code to run out of available stack memory, causing `named` to terminate unexpectedly. Since each incoming control channel message is fully parsed before its contents are authenticated, exploiting this flaw does not require the attacker to hold a valid RNDC key;
only network access to the control channel's configured TCP port is necessary. This issue affects BIND 9 versions 9.2.0 through 9.16.43, 9.18.0 through 9.18.18, 9.19.0 through 9.19.16, 9.9.3-S1 through 9.16.43-S1, and 9.18.0-S1 through 9.18.18-S1. (CVE-2023-3341)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade the affected bind package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 181772

File Name: Slackware_SSA_2023-264-01.nasl

Version: 1.0

Type: local

Published: 9/21/2023

Updated: 9/21/2023

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 5.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-3341


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:slackware:slackware_linux:bind, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux, cpe:/o:slackware:slackware_linux:15.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Slackware/release, Host/Slackware/packages

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/21/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/20/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-3341

IAVA: 2023-A-0500