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    Re: How to Protect the DNS
    by Anonymous on Friday October 25 2002, @02:37PM (#9844)
    So make a local copy of the root zone once a week with ftp from internic.net or from one of the three or four root servers that permit zone transfers.

    Why do people think this is difficult, and hang all sorts of desperate "let my root zone go!" conspiracy fantasies around this supposed difficulty? It's something that would be easy for any ISP, and would leave only "priming queries" (those that occur when a nameserver starts and occasionally thereafter) hardwired to go to the roots.

    Keeping a current copy of the root in a local caching nameserver is trivial. It's keeping large, relatively dynamic TLDs current that takes all the effort and costs all the money.

    Meanwhile, the DNS root service is made up of 13 separate servers, many of which are actually multiple systems in multiple locations for resiliency. Over all it is dramatically better engineered and coordinated than most TLDs. Improvements can always be made, and should be, but the myth that the root servers are more fragile than the net itself or that their data is some kind of secret needs to be kept out of any rational discussion on this topic.
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    Re: How to Protect the DNS
    by Anonymous on Friday October 25 2002, @04:05PM (#9845)
    Don't forget that there are other kinds of disasters than some script kiddeez messin' with the root. There can be floods, fires, earthquakes - you know, the kinds of things mentioned in the Bible - and a community could be cut off from the TLD servers just as it is cut off from the root servers.

    If one can get a minimal DNS system working, it becomes much easier to cobble other things together and get the community up and running enough to start digging out from whatever it was that happened.

    We've had ice storms that have left us here cut off from the rest of the world for many days - it felt like weeks - our local infrastructure was OK, but we didn't have connectivity to the outside, so we had to work with IP addresses; the kind of kit being suggested would have helped us get going somewhat more quickly.
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