Blogs

Last modified: January 30, 2014
  • 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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