Re: [DNSOP] [Ext] draft-fujiwara-dnsop-delegation-information-signer

Paul Hoffman <> Mon, 30 November 2020 15:43 UTC

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The more I think about draft-fujiwara-dnsop-delegation-information-signer, the more I think that it is much more complex than what we are doing now in DNSSEC, and therefore undesirable.

If the goal is "a way for a signer in a parent to sign child NS in a way that does not affect validators that have not been updated (or don't care)", a significantly easier solution would be a new RRtype (maybe called "CNSRRSIG") that closely mimics RRSIG but only allows child NS for signing. An aware signer included the CNSRRSIG in the zone, and an aware authoritative server includes in in the Authority section when serving child NS records. An aware resolver can use this, an unware resolver would treat it like any other unknown RRtype that appears in the Authority section.

There are probably a few other diffs from the RRSIG definition in RFC 403x, but they should be minor. This might make implementation more likely to be correct for signers, servers, and resolvers.


--Paul Hoffman