Tightened DNS security question re: DNS amplification attacks.

Nate Itkin nanog at konadogs.net
Wed Jan 28 00:59:40 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 10:36:29AM +1100, Mark Andrews wrote:
> < ... snip ... >
> > deny udp host neq 53 any eq 53
>       Which pre-supposes that os not emitting queries of
>       its own.
>       BCP 140 looked at this problem and concluded that sending
>       REFUSED was the best general guidance that can be given.
>       While BCP 140 applies to recursive servers, returning REFUSED
>       to queries which are not within the namespace served by
>       authoritative servers is entirely consistant with BCP 140.

Agree. Thank you for catching that.  I should have elaborated that one 
must be very judicious about adding ACLs for the reasons you mentioned.
One of the DOS victims had explicitly said not to expect queries from two 
of the recent targets, but yeah, not necessarily a good plan in the general 

Best wishes,
Nate Itkin

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