Is DNSSEC deployed?

In order for the Internet to have widespread security, DNSSEC needs to be widely deployed. DNSSEC is not automatic: right now it needs to be specifically enabled by network operators at their recursive resolvers and also by domain name owners at their zone’s authoritative servers.

What is DNSSEC and how it works?

DNSSEC protects internet users and applications from forged domain name system (DNS) data by using public key cryptography to digitally sign authoritative zone data when it enters the DNS and then validate it at its destination. In DNSSEC, each zone has at least one public/private key pair.

How widely deployed is DNSSEC?

While more than 90% of the TLDs in DNS are DNSEC enabled, DNSSEC is still not widely deployed or used. To make matter worse, where it is deployed, it isn’t well deployed. If 30% of the keys returned in DNS are compromised, for instance, most users would probably stop trusting any DNSSEC signed information.

How is DNSSEC implemented?

DNSSEC works by digitally signing records for DNS lookup using public-key cryptography. The correct DNSKEY record is authenticated via a chain of trust, starting with a set of verified public keys for the DNS root zone which is the trusted third party.

Should I activate DNSSEC?

If you’re running a website, especially one that handles user data, you’ll want to turn on DNSSEC to prevent any DNS attack vectors. There’s no downside to it, unless your DNS provider only offers it as a “premium” feature, like GoDaddy does.

How do I know if DNSSEC is working?

With or without a system, here’s what you need to do to check that DNSSEC is working:

  1. Check the Root Zone (or WHOIS record) to verify signatures. Checking the DNS root zone can verify the presence of the RRSIG and DS records on domains.
  2. Track DS record expiry dates.
  3. Limit RRSIG validity.
  4. Consolidate DNS management.

Do I want DNSSEC?

Why is DNSSEC so bad?

DNSSEC is Unnecessary All secure crypto on the Internet assumes that the DNS lookup from names to IP addresses are insecure. Securing those DNS lookups therefore enables no meaningful security. DNSSEC does make some attacks against insecure sites harder.

Should I enable DNSSEC?

We recommend activating DNSSEC to protect the authenticity of the response provided by the DNS server and thus ensure the users land on the actual website they want to see.

Should I setup DNSSEC?

Regardless of whether DNS hosting is provided by your registrar, by another company or by yourself, DNSSEC support is required. Many DNS hosting providers are automating DNSSEC services so that all of the key generation and signing is handled automatically on your behalf.

What does DNSSEC protect against?

DNSSEC helps prevent DNS attacks like DNS cache poisoning and DNS spoofing. DNSSEC does not protect the entire server, it only protects the data exchanged between signed zones. For memory, DNSSEC is not providing privacy.