[linux-elitists] Re: Bind 8 bug experience (fwd)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Sun Nov 17 11:24:32 PST 2002


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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 09:37:43 -0800
From: Paul Theodoropoulos <paul@anastrophe.com>
To: bugtraq@securityfocus.com
Subject: Re: Bind 8 bug experience

There is an alternative to this insanity. It's called djbdns, and it is 
proven secure, and proven reliable. I've been using it in production for a 
year now, and performance has been flawless. Thousands of other 
administrators will offer the same assessment. BIND is a security mess - 
that's an  empirical fact that can't be denied by anyone who has been on 
the net any appreciable amount of time.

Why worry about timelines for advisories or patches or updates concerning 
this core service of the internet? Far easier to use software that has been 
proven to be secure and reliable from concept to execution (pun intended).


MODERATORS: considering the 100% 'meta' quality of the post i'm replying 
to, i certainly hope that you'll post this 'advisory'. People need to be 
aware that there are alternatives to BIND. It's a disservice to the 
community to *not* allow through a pointer to software that could save tens 
of thousands of administrators this endlessly repeating headache of systems 
being vulnerable to exploit via one of the single most crucial parts of th 
internet infrastructure - DNS. all you need to do is look at the history of 
exploits for bind, and compare it to djbdns - even if you throw out all the 
years of data for BIND from before djbdns's release.

At 06:41 AM 11/14/2002, Olaf Kirch wrote:
>The whole thing was a mess. Timelines for the publication of _anything_,
>from advisories to patches to updates, were either non-existing or
>shifting all the time.

Paul Theodoropoulos
The Nicest Misanthrope on the Net 

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