[linux-elitists] WashPost article (was Re: sobig.f: Microsoft Windows virus, not computer virus)

Peter Whysall peter@whysall.net
Mon Aug 25 17:54:20 PDT 2003

On Tue, 2003-08-26 at 00:41, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Karsten Self (kmself@ix.netcom.com):
> > My objections to Sendmail are based on M4 and the sendmail config file.
> > When was the last 'sploit on Sendmail?  IIRC it's been clean since
> > 1997-1998, if not earlier.
> > 
> > BIND is in far worse shape....
> BIND9 is slow and questionably architected, but otherwise executes
> adequately.
> > ...and the alternatives are far fewer.
> Excerpt from http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/linux-info/dns-servers follows.
> Corrections welcomed.
> MaraDNS is a general-purpose, fast authoritative, caching forwarder, and 
> recursive resolver server, fully supporting zone transfers, which runs 
> unprivileged, performs its own chroot, and includes its own 
> buffer-overflow-resistant string library:
> http://www.maradns.org/

I can speak to this one; BIND annoyed me one time too many this morning
(slow response, randomly not responding at all), so I replaced it with
MaraDNS. I went from no DNS server at all to an authoritative one that
does forwarding in about 30 minutes, including reading the instructions

It seems markedly faster than BIND, and the ease of setup and the simple
zone file format appealed to my lazy fingers.


Peter Whysall <peter@whysall.net>

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