Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Infrastructure Security //

DNS

9/21/2018
09:35 AM
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
50%
50%

Cloudflare Looks to Take the Pain Out of DNSSEC Protocol Adoption

Uptake of the newer DNSSEC protocol has been slow, but a new tool from Cloudflare looks to make it easier to ensure secure websites and more control over DNS.

Cloudflare is adding a new feature to its hosting and firewall products that the networking company hopes will address the slow uptake of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol.

The method to support the DNSSEC protocol has been a manual one before this, requiring a website owner to add a "DS record" to its account with their registrar.

A Cloudflare customer that is working with a registry that supports DNSSEC can activate it for their account by the press of a button from the Cloudflare dashboard.

DNSSEC proves authenticity and integrity -- though not confidentiality -- of a response from the authoritative nameserver. This makes it much harder for a bad actor to inject malicious DNS records into the resolution path through malware techniques such as BGP Leaks and cache poisoning. Trust in Domain Name System (DNS) can be critical when a domain is publishing record types that are used to declare trust for other systems.

(Source: iStock)
(Source: iStock)

A simple way for a user to test if DNSSEC is enabled within their network is to try and load brokendnssec.net with a browser. If the page loads, the protocol is inactive.

The number of DNS queries validated by recursive resolvers for DNSSEC has remained flat over the years. Worldwide, less than 14% of DNS requests have DNSSEC validated by the resolver according to APNIC, which functions as the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia Pacific area.

Cloudflare believes that struggle to add a DS record may be at the root of the low utilization:

Locating the part of the registrar UI that houses DNSSEC can be problematic, as can the UI of adding the record itself. Additional factors such as varying degrees of technical knowledge amongst users and simply having to manage multiple logins and roles can also explain the lack of completion in the process. Finally, varying levels of DNSSEC compatibility amongst registrars may prevent even knowledgeable users from creating DS records in the parent.

While all of this is going on, the ICANN Organization is preparing to change the cryptographic keys that help to protect the Internet's DNS for the first time.

The changing of the keys, known as the "Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover," is currently scheduled for October 11. Final ratification of that date has not yet been done.

ICANN attempted this update a year ago but had to cancel it at the last minute. The rollover was postponed due to "unclear data received just before the rollover." ICANN thinks the two thirds of users that do not use DNSSEC will not be impacted by the KSK rollover.

Related posts:

— Larry Loeb has written for many of the last century's major "dead tree" computer magazines, having been, among other things, a consulting editor for BYTE magazine and senior editor for the launch of WebWeek.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Commentary
How SolarWinds Busted Up Our Assumptions About Code Signing
Dr. Jethro Beekman, Technical Director,  3/3/2021
News
'ObliqueRAT' Now Hides Behind Images on Compromised Websites
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  3/2/2021
News
Attackers Turn Struggling Software Projects Into Trojan Horses
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  2/26/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-27907
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-05
Apache Superset up to and including 0.38.0 allowed the creation of a Markdown component on a Dashboard page for describing chart's related information. Abusing this functionality, a malicious user could inject javascript code executing unwanted action in the context of the user's browser. The javasc...
CVE-2021-20663
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-05
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in in Role authority setting screen of Movable Type 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type 7 Series), Movable Type Advanced 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type Advanced 7 Series), Movable Type 6.7.5 and earlier (Movable Type 6.7 Series), Movable Type Premium 1.39 and ea...
CVE-2021-20664
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-05
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in in Asset registration screen of Movable Type 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type 7 Series), Movable Type Advanced 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type Advanced 7 Series), Movable Type 6.7.5 and earlier (Movable Type 6.7 Series), Movable Type Premium 1.39 and earlie...
CVE-2021-20665
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-05
Cross-site scripting vulnerability in in Add asset screen of Contents field of Movable Type 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type 7 Series), Movable Type Advanced 7 r.4705 and earlier (Movable Type Advanced 7 Series), Movable Type Premium 1.39 and earlier, and Movable Type Premium Advanced 1.39 and ear...
CVE-2021-28031
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-05
An issue was discovered in the scratchpad crate before 1.3.1 for Rust. The move_elements function can have a double-free upon a panic in a user-provided f function.