Unbound IPSEC Module CVE-2019-18934 Arbitrary Shell Command Injection Vulnerability



Date Discovered

November 19, 2019


Unbound IPSEC Module is prone to a command-injection vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary shell commands on the affected system. Unbound versions 1.6.4 through 1.9.4 are vulnerable.

Technologies Affected

  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.10
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.4
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.5
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.6
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.7
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.8
  • Unbound Unbound 1.6.9
  • Unbound Unbound 1.7.1
  • Unbound Unbound 1.7.2
  • Unbound Unbound 1.7.3
  • Unbound Unbound 1.7.4
  • Unbound Unbound 1.8.1
  • Unbound Unbound 1.8.11
  • Unbound Unbound 1.8.2
  • Unbound Unbound 1.8.3
  • Unbound Unbound 1.8.4
  • Unbound Unbound 1.9.1
  • Unbound Unbound 1.9.2
  • Unbound Unbound 1.9.3
  • Unbound Unbound 1.9.4


Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.
If global access isn't needed, filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of a successful attack.

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To limit the consequences of a successful exploit, run server processes within a restricted environment using facilities such as chroot or jail.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.



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