Blogs

  • DNSSEC Transitions and the Signing of ARPA

    2010 is shaping up to be a banner year in at least two areas: major steps toward the deployment of DNSSEC, and discoveries of operational snags affecting the deployment of DNSSEC. An example of the former took place on March 25, when it was announced that the ARPA TLD had been signed. ARPA contains the sub-zones in-addr.arpa and ip6.arpa, which

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  • BIND 10 and Unit Testing

    The past few months, the BIND 10 developers have been using a test-driven development model. As classes and functions are coded, corresponding unit tests are also coded to help verify the routines do what is expected — with good or bad input providing correct results. Sometimes the unit tests are written before the new code or the tests are written

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  • 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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