How to use a personal DNS for root-server attack isolation

Monday, 17 February 2003, 2:40 AM EST

Provided a couple of programmers are correct, what started out as an attempt to provide better Domain Name System (DNS) server performance on Windows machines may also be one way to reduce DNS security concerns.
Surprisingly enough, the project is centered on a specially configured derivative of BIND 9.2 (Berkeley Internet Name Domain) localized to the user's machine. This localized DNS -- called BIND-PE and available on NTCanuck.com -- was initially announced on Gibson Research Corp.'s (GRC) news server, news.grc.com, in a newsgroup related to GRC's Domain Name System Research Utility (DNSRU), which was designed to test the DNS system's performance and expiration rates.

The BIND server is the most frequently used name server on the Internet and provides the mechanism that translates domain names to Internet Protocol addresses for Web browsers and other Internet applications. Ordinarily, an Internet service provider (ISP) provides several name servers for its customers' use. BIND-PE, however, provides an ISP-independent DNS that runs directly on users' computers.

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