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Re: DNS Hijacking by Cox

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Sun Jul 22 21:55:59 2007

On Sun, 22 Jul 2007 21:40:05 -0400
"Patrick W. Gilmore" <[email protected]> wrote:

> On Jul 22, 2007, at 9:29 PM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > On Sun, 22 Jul 2007 14:56:13 -0700
> > "Andrew Matthews" <[email protected]> wrote:
> >
> >> It looks like cox is hijacking dns for irc servers.
> >>
> > And people wonder why I support DNSsec....
> Steve,
> One of us is confused.  It might be me, but right now I think it's
> you.
> To be clear, here is the situation as I understand it: Cox has
> configured their recursive name servers such that when an end user
> queries the recursive server for a specific host name (names?), the
> recursive server responds with an IP address the host's owner did not
> configure.
> How exactly is DNSSEC going to stop them from doing this?
If my host expects the response to be signed and it isn't, my host can
scream bloody murder.  The whole point of DNSSEC is to prevent random
changes to DNS replies, whether by hackers or by ISPs.

Yes, they can change it, but they can't change it without being caught.

		--Steve Bellovin,