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Coalition to Secure DNS Takes Shape

Dec 08, 2008, 23:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

""DNS (define) is critical to the functioning of the Internet, linking IP addresses with domain names. Thanks to security researcher Dan Kaminsky, awareness around the DNS and its shortcomings have been greatly elevated this year. DNSSEC is a key solution to ensuring that the DNS cache poisoning attack that Kaminksy first warned about cannot occur.

""Collaboration of this kind is how DNSSEC was developed in the first place, and it's how BIND's DNSSEC feature development was sponsored," Paul Vixie, a leading authority on DNS and the founder of Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) told InternetNews.com. "Now it's the thing I suspect a lot of IT managers are waiting for so that they can relax a little bit and see DNSSEC as non-controversial, worthy of investment."

"DNSSEC provides a form of signed verification for DNS information, which is intended to assure DNS authenticity. Vixie's BIND DNS server has had DNSSEC capabilities since 2004, though global deployment of DNSSEC has been in the single digits due to a number of implementation related challenges."

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