.ORG now signed with DNSSEC

Today PIR and Afilias jointly announced that the .ORG zone is now signed with DNSSEC. Like .GOV, .ORG is also using the NSEC3 algorithm, which means that versions of BIND prior to 9.6.0 will have problems securely resolving names under .ORG. As Ram Mohan of Afilias noted in his message to the dnssec-deployment list, there are still significant hurdles in getting the actual registrations signed. Not many registrars accept DS records from customers yet.

IANA's Interim Trust Anchor Repository goes Beta

ICANN announced the IANA Interim Trust Anchor Repository as a not-quite-yet-production service today. The ITAR is useful to people running validating resolvers until the root zone gets signed. It currently includes trust anchors for three ccTLDs (BR, CZ, SE) and the eleven experimental IDN TLDs operated by ICANN. IANA's policy is to only publish DS records in the ITAR. BIND users won't be able to import the ITAR anchors file directly since BIND currently takes only DNSKEY's as trust anchors.

Request for Data Related to ". IN NS" DDoS Attack

OARC is coordinating collection of DNS packet captures to assist researchers and security groups increase our understanding of some recent DDoS attacks (against ISPrime in particular). We'd like your help. You can help out by running the following shell script on nameservers that are receiving spoofed queries:
# tcpdump-to-oarc.sh
# This script captures DNS packets related to an ongoing
# DDoS attack and uploads them to DNS-OARC.  Current
# version can be found at https://www.dns-oarc.net/node/171

# You can set FROM to whatever you like.

Upward Referrals Considered Harmful

Note: you can skip ahead to BIND fixes.
Recently the hosting company ISPrime became the victim of a DNS

Mr. DNS Lives!

Great news everyone! Matt Larson and Cricket Liu are resurrecting their Ask Mr. DNS advice column as a podcast:
Sadly, after Acme’s acquisition by VeriSign in 2000, Mr. DNS began the downward spiral into dissolution and iniquity so familiar to those in the public eye. When Matt and Cricket tracked Mr.

dig +bufsiz=2048 @b.iana-servers.net XN--9T4B11YI5A RRSIG

While working on the TLDmon plugins a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that a certain query to b.iana-servers.net was consistenly failing:
$ dig +bufsiz=2048 @b.iana-servers.net XN--9T4B11YI5A RRSIG

; > DiG 9.3.5-P2 &gt