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Building Secure Servers with Linux by Michael D. Bauer

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Securing BIND

An installation of BIND in which you can feel confident requires quite a bit of work, regarding both how the daemon runs and how its configuration files deal with communication.

Making Sense out of BIND Versions

Three major versions of BIND are presently in use, despite the ISC’s best efforts to retire at least one of them. BIND v9 is the newest version and its current minor-version number is, as of this writing, 9.2.1.

For a variety of practical and historical reasons, however, the BIND user community and most Unix vendors/packagers have been slow to embrace BIND v9, so BIND v8 is still in widespread use. Due to two nasty buffer-overflow vulnerabilities in BIND v8 that can lead to root compromise, it is essential that anyone using BIND v8 use its latest version, currently 8.2.5, or better still, upgrade to BIND v9, which shares no code with BIND v8 or earlier.

Speaking of earlier versions, although BIND v.8.1 was released in May 1997, many users continue using BIND v4. In fact, some Unix vendors and packagers (e.g., OpenBSD[9]) still bundle BIND v4 with their operating systems. This is due mainly to stability problems and security issues with BIND v8 and mistrust of BIND v9. Accordingly, the Internet Software Consortium has continued to support and patch Version 4, even correcting the aforementioned buffer overflows in BIND v4.9.8 despite having announced earlier that BIND v.4 was obsolete.

Thus, BIND v.4 has remained in use well past what its creators (mainly Paul ...

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