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Re: Tightened DNS security question re: DNS amplification attacks.
From: Phil Pennock <phil.pennock () spodhuis org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:54:14 -0800

On 2009-01-29 at 14:01 +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
* Mark Andrews:
    The most common reason for recursive queries to a authoritative
    server is someone using dig, nslookup or similar and forgeting
    to disable recursion on the request.

Useful to know, thanks.

So someone performing diagnostics on one of the root/gTLD/ccTLD servers
would need to remember to dig +norec when checking visibility?  Are
manual diagnostics going out from the source IP of such auth
nameservers considered common?  In any case, it's a small enough, and
hopefully clued enough, sample of admins that it shouldn't be a problem.

Any organisation seeking to add their auth nameservers to a public RBL
of such IPs will have to accept the same constraint on needing clued
staff.  No tears shed at that.

dnscache in "forward only" mode also sets the RD bit, and apparently
does not restrict itself to the configured forwarders list.  (This is
based on a public report, not on first-hand knowledge.)

Unless any of the root/gTLD/ccTLD nameservers are also running dnscache,
it should be safe to drop UDP RD packets from those source IP addresses,
as previously described.

-Phil


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