Re: [dane] An AD bit discussion

Paul Wouters <> Thu, 27 February 2014 05:30 UTC

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On Thu, 27 Feb 2014, Viktor Dukhovni wrote:

> It sounds like there is no strong objection to defaulting to no
> trust.

Well, Andrew and I voiced concerns about breaking current common

> So likely RedHat should proceed with extensions to resolv.conf to
> express the trust status of the nameserver list, and improvements
> to libresolv.  The default stub-resolver policy can reasonably be
> non-trust of all nameservers (typically from DHCP).

But it is so much better for all server installs to just install a
validating resolver, point resolv.conf to localhost, and use the DHCP
obtained DNS servers (or admin configured DNS servers) as forwarders.

Then all applications can trust the AD bit. That's a simply a reality
that's possible today. Even upgrading machines to this is not that hard.

The only really difficult case is the roaming device that has to deal
with captive portals. dnssec-trigger+unbound isn't cutting it for the
average user yet. While the glibc change would protect them, without
dnssec-trigger+unbound they are in a complete insecure dns mess anyway,
that I think a bogus AD flag is the least of the trouble.

That's why I'm not really in favour of adding legacy to glibc or
resolv.conf. Especially because there are also so few applications that
actually do anything with AD bits, plus we are still working on API and
DNSOP documents on how to improve/secure the DNS transport for talking
to remote servers.