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26 Aug 2017
A recent article
in the New York Times Dealbook column reported on phone number hijacking, in which a
bad guy fraudulently takes over someone's mobile phone number and used it to
reset credentials and drain the victim's account.
It happens a lot, even to
the chief technologist of the FTC.
This reminds us that security is hard, and understanding two factor authentication is
harder than it seems.
The usual definition of two-factor is to pick two different items from
a list of security types:
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Security/2fphone.html
10 Aug 2017
Yesterday's article introduced my
DNS extension language, intended to make it easier to add new DNS
record types to DNS software.
It described a new perl module Net::DNS::Extlang that uses the extension language
to automatically create perl code to handle new RRTYPEs.
Today we look at my second project, intended to let people create DNS records and zone
files with new RRTYPEs.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/extlang2.html
08 Aug 2017
The Domain Name System has always been intended to be extensible.
The original spec in the 1980s had about a dozen resource record types (RRTYPEs),
and since then people have invented many more so now there are about 65 different RRTYPEs.
But if you look at most DNS zones, you'll only see a handful of types, NS, A, AAAA, MX, TXT,
and maybe SRV.
A lot of the other types are arcane or obsolete, but there are plenty that are useful.
Moreover, new designs like DKIM, DMARC, and notorously SPF have reused TXT records
rather than defining new types of their own. Why? It's the provisioning crudware.
While DNS server software is regularly updated to handle new RRTYPEs, the web based
packages that most people have to use to manage their DNS is almost never updated,
and usually handles only a small set of RRTYPEs.
This struck me as unfortunate, so I defined a DNS extension
language that provisioning sytems can use to look up the syntax of new RRTYPEs, so
when a new type is created, only the syntax tables have to be updated, not the software.
Paul Vixie had the clever idea to store the tables in the DNS itself (in TXT records
of course), so after a one-time upgrade to your configuration software, new RRTYPEs
work automagically when their description is added to the DNS.
The Internet draft that
describes this has been kicking around for six years, but with support from ICANN (thanks!)
I wrote some libraries and a sample application that implement it.
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/extlang.html
My other sites
Who is this guy?
Airline ticket info
CSA recap: CAUCE discusses international email and security
80 days ago
A keen grasp of the obvious
My high security debit card
210 days ago
Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail
Network Abuse Clearinghouse