DNS Security Introduction and Requirements
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, dnsext mailing list <email@example.com>, dnsext chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'DNS Security Introduction and Requirements' to Proposed Standard The IESG has approved the following documents: - 'DNS Security Introduction and Requirements ' <draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-intro-14.txt> as a Proposed Standard - 'Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security Extensions ' <draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-protocol-10.txt> as a Proposed Standard - 'Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions ' <draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-records-12.txt> as a Proposed Standard These documents are products of the DNS Extensions Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Thomas Narten and Mark Townsley. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-intro-14.txt
Technical Summary This document is part of a family of documents that describes the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC). The DNS Security Extensions are a collection of resource records and protocol modifications that provide source authentication for the DNS. The document series consists out of 3 documents: + DNS Security Introduction and Requirements ([dnssec-intro]) + Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security Extensions ([dnssec-proto]) + Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions ([dnssec-records]) [dnssec-intro] introduces the DNS security extensions, and describes their capabilities and limitations. [dnssec-intro] also discusses the services that the DNS security extensions do and do not provide. [dnssec-intro] describes the interrelationships between the group of documents that collectively describe DNSSEC. [dnssec-proto] describes the DNSSEC protocol modifications. [dnssec-proto] defines the concept of a signed zone, along with the requirements for serving and resolving using DNSSEC. These techniques allow a security-aware resolver to authenticate both DNS resource records and authoritative DNS error indications. [dnssec-records] defines the public key (DNSKEY), delegation signer (DS), resource record digital signature (RRSIG), and authenticated denial of existence (NSEC) resource records. The purpose and format of each resource record is described in detail, and an example of each resource record is given. Working Group Summary There was consensus within the working group to publish the document as Proposed Standard. Protocol Quality The following quote from draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-intro-11.txt is relevant: "The specification in the DNSSEC document set defines the behavior for zone signers and security-aware name servers and resolvers in such a way that the validating entities can unambiguously determine the state of the data. (...) A method for signaling advanced error codes and policy between a security aware stub resolver and security aware recursive nameservers is a topic for future work, as is the interface between a security aware resolver and the applications that use it. Note, however, that the lack of the specification of such communication does not prohibit deployment of signed zones or the deployment of security aware recursive name servers that prohibit propagation of bogus data to the applications." (end quote) Various parts of the specification have been implemented. There are (at least) 2 signer implementations There are (at least) 2 authoritative server implementations There is (at least) 1 verifying recursive nameserver (hence a verifying resolver) implementation. There are various troubleshooting tools that have partial or full verification capabilities. These implementations have been used in several workshops and have been found to inter-operate. This document has been reviewed for the IESG by Thomas Narten.