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RE: recursive DNS servers DDoS as a growing DDoS problem
From: Måns Nilsson <mansaxel () sunet se>
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2006 07:05:57 +0200

--On den 30 mars 2006 16.08.51 -0500 "Geo." <geoincidents () nls net> wrote:

Don't you think creating a control point like that is dangerous?
Especially dangerous when it's DNS which runs virtually every function on
the internet?

The control point is there already, as has been demonstrated by several
attacks on DNS data. 

If we were to ignore the problem of open recursive servers, there would be
a rush to implement draconian, ineffective countermeasures like packet
filters. It would be a very bad thing, just like the stupid port 25 blocks
are. That must be avoided and the end-to-end capability of the Internet
must be preserved. (I think we are in agreement here.)
It's not a conspiracy theory, it's fact, if you create a control like that
someone is going to want to control it. I suggest only that we consider
this along with everything else.

If you have these concerns, I suggest you work with the available,
standardised, implemented methods of verifying that DNS data is correct
(ie. DNSSEC and TSIG for various parts of the infrastructure.) instead of
pushing your head down in the sand even further believing TCP  or open
access to the rest of the net would make some difference in credibility for
DNS messages. At least one TLD (se) has DNSSEC in production, large amounts
of european IP address space have it, courtesy of RIPE.

Måns Nilsson                     Systems Specialist
+46 70 681 7204   cell                       KTHNOC
+46 8 790 6518  office                  MN1334-RIPE

Inside, I'm already SOBBING!

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