ISC has signed a memo of understanding with NLnet Labs, makers of Unbound and NSD, to collaborate in providing support to users of our DNS software. NSD is a popular alternative to BIND for authoritative DNS services, and Unbound is a high-performance recursive resolver. As a first step in this collaboration, ISC is now selling advance security notification of vulnerabilities in NSD and Unbound, the same service we have been offering for ISC’s BIND and DHCP. ISC will cover the expense of the administrative overhead, and pass the entire amount paid for the NLNet Labs portion off to them.
As a bonus for organizations already supporting ISC’s open source, existing BIND ASN subscribers will automatically be given the Unbound and NSD ASN for the remainder of their current contract with ISC. When their contract is up for renewal, they will be offered the opportunity to add Unbound and NSD to their BIND ASN agreement.
We hope this is the beginning of a trend towards greater cooperation among providers of open source that is critical to the Internet. As we all saw with the Heartbleed incident, the mere fact that open source is critical to the Internet does not mean that it’s development and maintenance is funded or supported by the community. Getting adequate support requires an organization to solicit funding, provide and administer services based on that software.
This in no way represents a consolidation of software or technology; conversely, it’s an attempt to more strongly fund diverse offerings. We are leveraging the administrative overhead, and offering a united front to promote funding open source. Please join us by subscribing to Advance Security Notifications for BIND, Unbound and NSD, or by making a donation to NLNET Labs, either directly or through ISC. To inquire about subscribing or donating, fill out this web form, or email to info at ISC dot org.