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DNS security extensions now available for Debian's zone entries

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
DNSSEC now available for Debian's zone entries          press@debian.org
May 12th, 2011                  http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110512

DNS security extensions now available for Debian's zone entries

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that its domains debian.org
and debian.net are now secured by the DNS Security Extension (DNSSEC).
The corresponding DNS records have recently been added in the .net and
.org zones.

"This enables users with security aware DNS resolvers to securely
retrieve information from the domain name system such as IP addresses,
or for those who have shell accounts on debian.org machines ssh host
key fingerprints.  Any tampering with DNS replies would be detected by
a user's resolver," says Peter Palfrader, member of Debian's System
Administrator Team. "DNSSEC is an important step in securing the
Internet's name resolution infrastructure."

"To our knowledge, Debian is the first large Linux distribution who has
secured its zones using DNSSEC with a valid trust chain from the IANA
root zone" says Peter.

Usage of Domain Name Security Extenstions

Probably the easiest way to use DNSSEC is the usage of the unbound [1]
package as resolver.  Please see wiki page [2] for details on how to
use unbound and DNSSEC.

  1: http://packages.debian.org/unbound
  2: http://wiki.debian.org/DNSSEC

About Debian

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free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects.  Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the "universal operating

Contact Information

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http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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