Amazon Linux AMI : bind (ALAS-2016-665)

high Nessus Plugin ID 89846


The remote Amazon Linux AMI host is missing a security update.


A defect in control channel input handling was discovered which can cause named to exit due to an assertion failure in sexpr.c or alist.c when a malformed packet is sent to named's control channel. If control channel input is accepted from the network (limited to localhost by default), an unauthenticated attacker could cause named to crash.

An error when parsing signature records for DNAME records having specific properties can lead to named exiting due to an assertion failure in resolver.c or db.c. An attacker able to cause a server to make a query deliberately chosen to generate a malicious response can cause named to stop execution with an assertion failure, resulting in denial of service to clients. (CVE-2016-1286)


Run 'yum update bind' to update your system.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 89846

File Name: ala_ALAS-2016-665.nasl

Version: 2.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 3/11/2016

Updated: 4/18/2018

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Frictionless Assessment AWS, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-chroot, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-debuginfo, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-devel, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-libs, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-sdb, p-cpe:/a:amazon:linux:bind-utils, cpe:/o:amazon:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AmazonLinux/release, Host/AmazonLinux/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 3/10/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1285, CVE-2016-1286

ALAS: 2016-665