Blogs

  • Surprise bugs and release schedules

    I know this won’t be a shock to anyone, but software has bugs. Sometimes they are discovered and have little real impact — perhaps a few lines of code change and are easily tested. Ideally they occur early in a release cycle so they don’t really affect much. Most of the time these are minor and are easily put into

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  • The Signed Root Is Coming! (And what this means for you)

    In the Fall of 2009, the organizations responsible for generating the root zone, ICANN, Verisign, and the US Department of Commerce, announced that they had come to a agreement on how to sign the root zone with DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions) A website has been created by ICANN and Verisign to provide information about the change and a rollout timeline.

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  • Why is ISC a not-for-profit?

    I was asked recently, “why is ISC a not-for-profit?” Apparently we walk like a for-profit and we quack like a for-profit but we are in fact not for-profit. Most companies with a strong brand like ours have share holders. Why not ISC? Primarily because the infrastructure we’re responsible for — BIND, F-root, our network — has to be kept in

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  • ASN Collisions and Human Error

    There is nothing more sensational than the unexpected, and when the NANOG (North American Network Operators Group) community was recently informed that an ASN collision had occurred it caused a lot of people to sit up and take notice. This event was also very interesting in that researching takes us back to a time before ARIN and RIPE existed, creating

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  • Some ideas from the AFTR implementation

    I’d like to share an idea I implemented for AFTR (so I am describing it in the AFTR context) which is a part of the debug primer and which could be integrated into BIND 10. AFTR is managed through control channels (over TCP or a stream Unix socket) like a BIND 9 rndc but in a connected mode (so on the AFTR side

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  • BIND 10 Face to Face Meeting

    During the last week of October, the BIND 10 team got together in ISC’s offices to work in the same room for an entire week.  Besides a lot of discussions where we could make use of the high bandwidth of having everybody together in the same room, there were coding sessions. The goal for the week: get something running.  What

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  • Software Robustness and BIND 10

    Introduction We have been discussing exceptions on the BIND 10 developers mailing list. Exceptions are a technique used by most modern programming languages that allow you to alter the normal flow of programs in unusual cases. My hope is that exceptions can be part of a larger strategy for increasing the robustness of BIND 10. I gave a talk about

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  • SNS@ISC Mission Critical Services

    ISC resources and expertise that have served so many public benefit organizations and global TLDs since 1998 are now available with a Service Level Agreement and committed response times to address the needs of commercial businesses. Described as a no-nonsense service, SNS@ISC meets the needs of organizations that have in-house DNS expertise but recognize the importance of DNS uptime and

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  • ISC Software Lifetimes

    By Jeremy C. Reed on September 14, 2009 5:32 PM ISC recently improved its software support lifetime and End-of-Life (EOL) policies. Previously, ISC only provided public development and commercial support for the latest major release version and the prior major release version. Also the next older major release version became EOL six months after the latest major release was announced.

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  • BIND 10 The Story So Far…

    By Shane Kerr, BIND 10 Programme Manager BIND 10 is, briefly, a re-design and re-write of BIND 9. BIND 9 is itself a re-design and re-write of BIND 8. BIND 9 is by far the most widely used DNS server on the Internet (one estimate is something like 80% of DNS servers). For ISC, and I think for the DNS

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