Re: [dnsext] Clarifying the mandatory algorithm rules

Matthijs Mekking <> Fri, 11 March 2011 08:31 UTC

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On November 30, Wouter acknowledges that changes need to be made to the
Unbound implementation and asks for guidance:

Presenting two options:
* One signature is enough (the lenient way)
* Check the algorithms.

But when checking the algorithms, thou should not use the DNSKEY RRset,
but the DS RRset.

I think the general consensus is that a validator should at least be
able to check the algorithms in the DS RRset (Please correct me if I am
being to hasty in my conclusion). There is still debate whether the
validator SHOULD or MAY do this (Ed Lewis argued the term 'could', I
think that translates to the RFC2119 term MAY).

 Proposed text would then be:

  "The validator SHOULD or MAY check (choice here) that the algorithms
   signaled in the DS-set work (but only for algorithms supported by
   the validator, of course)."

Best regards,


On 03/10/2011 11:34 PM, Mark Andrews wrote:
> In message <>rg>, Samuel Weil
> er writes:
>> On Tue, 30 Nov 2010, W.C.A. Wijngaards wrote:
>>> It is clear that checking the set of algorithms present in the DNSKEY
>>> set is not a good idea, and checking the set of algorithms from the DS
>>> set is the right, more lenient way to go.
>> I apologize for checking out of this discussion last fall.
>> I would like the WG's help understanding where you want to go with 
>> this topic.  I don't fully understand the argument in favor of not 
>> checking the algorithms on the child side of the zone cut (= the ones 
>> in the DNSKEY RRset), nor am I sure that was the direction everyone 
>> seemed to want to go.  Could someone summarize the current state of 
>> this?
>> My own inclination is (still) to treat this as a clarification, saying 
>> that validators are not required to enforce these rules.  (In other 
>> words, the extra checks Unbound did were just fine, though 
>> unnecessary.  BIND's lenient approach was also fine.)  Two specific 
>> pieces of proposed text can be found in the first message in this 
>> thread, dated 18 November 2010.
> While we think about this ISC has also had bug reports claiming
> that is we don't publish DNSKEY prior to signing with them we are
> break RFC 4035 because it allows verification of every RRSIG as a
> policy and the only way to do that is to publish the DNSKEY prior
> to use.
>    If other RRSIG RRs also cover this RRset, the local resolver security
>    policy determines whether the resolver also has to test these RRSIG
>    RRs and how to resolve conflicts if these RRSIG RRs lead to differing
>    results.
>> -- Sam
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