A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking

Bill Woodcock woody at pch.net
Tue Feb 26 20:58:50 UTC 2019

> On Feb 26, 2019, at 8:12 AM, John Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> In article <CAD6AjGTBNZ8wTv6Y1KgTvNaW6Zi87RLprQK2Lg=d0evK8ot7=g at mail.gmail.com> you write:
>> Swapping the DNS cabal for the CA cabal is not an improvement. Right?  They
>> are really the same arbitraging rent-seekers, just different layers.
> The models are different.  If I want to compromise your DNS I need to
> attack your specific registrar.  If I want a bogus cert, any of the
> thousand CAs in my browser will do.

Exactly.  And if you’re an organization that has money and pays attention to DNS and security, you can get yourself a TLD, and be your own registry, at which point you only need to worry about the security of the root zone.


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