BIND 9.15 is an unstable development release of BIND. This document summarizes new features and functional changes that have been introduced on this branch. With each development release leading up to the stable BIND 9.16 release, this document will be updated with additional features added and bugs fixed.
Until BIND 9.12, new feature development releases were tagged as "alpha" and "beta", leading up to the first stable release for a given development branch, which always ended in ".0". More recently, BIND adopted the "odd-unstable/even-stable" release numbering convention. There will be no "alpha" or "beta" releases in the 9.15 branch, only increasing version numbers. So, for example, what would previously have been called 9.15.0a1, 9.15.0a2, 9.15.0b1, and so on, will instead be called 9.15.0, 9.15.1, 9.15.2, etc.
The first stable release from this development branch will be renamed as 9.16.0. Thereafter, maintenance releases will continue on the 9.16 branch, while unstable feature development proceeds in 9.17.
To build on UNIX-like systems, BIND requires support for POSIX.1c threads (IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995), the Advanced Sockets API for IPv6 (RFC 3542), and standard atomic operations provided by the C compiler.
libuv asynchronous I/O library and the
OpenSSL cryptography library must be available for the target
platform. A PKCS#11 provider can be used instead of OpenSSL for
Public Key cryptography (i.e., DNSSEC signing and validation),
but OpenSSL is still required for general cryptography operations
such as hashing and random number generation.
More information can be found in the
file that is included in the source distribution of BIND 9. If your
compiler and system libraries provide the above features, BIND 9
should compile and run. If that isn't the case, the BIND
development team will generally accept patches that add support
for systems that are still supported by their respective vendors.
The latest versions of BIND 9 software can always be found at https://www.isc.org/download/. There you will find additional information about each release, source code, and pre-compiled versions for Microsoft Windows operating systems.
The trust-anchors statement no longer rejects a mix of both key-style and DS-style trust anchor entries for the same name. [GL #1237]
Fixed an intermittent crash in the validator that could occur when validating negative answers from the cache. [GL #1561]
Fixed a bug that could cause named to crash on machines with more than 40 CPUs. [GL #1493]
Socket-related statistics counters were not being updated by network manager sockets, but are now fully functional. [GL #1311]
The dnssec-keys configuration statement, which was introduced in 9.15.1 and revised in 9.15.6, has now been renamed to the more descriptive trust-anchors. [GL !2702]
(See release notes for BIND 9.15.1 and BIND 9.15.6 for prior discussion of this feature.)
Added support for multithreaded listening for TCP connections in the network manager. [GL !2659]
Set a limit on the number of concurrently served pipelined TCP queries. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2019-6477. [GL #1264]
A new asynchronous network communications system based on libuv is now used by named for listening for incoming requests and responding to them. This change will make it easier to improve performance and implement new protocol layers (for example, DNS over TLS) in the future. [GL #29]
The new dnssec-policy option allows the configuration key and signing policy (KASP) for zones. This option enables named to generate new keys as needed and automatically roll both ZSK and KSK keys. (Note that the syntax for this statement differs from the DNSSEC policy used by dnssec-keymgr.) [GL #1134]
Two new keywords have been added to the dnssec-keys statement: initial-ds and static-ds. These allow the use of trust anchors in DS format instead of DNSKEY format. DS format allows trust anchors to be configured for keys that have not yet been published; this is the format used by IANA when announcing future root keys.
As with the initial-key and static-key keywords, initial-ds configures a dynamic trust anchor to be maintained via RFC 5011, and static-ds configures a permanent trust anchor.
(Note: Currently, DNSKEY-format and DS-format trust anchors cannot both be used for the same domain name.) [GL #6] [GL #622]
Added a new statistics variable tcp-highwater that reports the maximum number of simultaneous TCP clients BIND has handled while running. [GL #1206]
NSEC Aggressive Cache (synth-from-dnssec) has been disabled by default because it was found to have a significant performance impact on the recursive service. The NSEC Aggressive Cache will be enable by default in the future releases. [GL #1265]
The DNSSEC validation code has been refactored for clarity and to reduce code duplication. [GL #622]
named could crash with an assertion failure if a forwarder returned a referral, rather than resolving the query, when QNAME minimization was enabled. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2019-6476. [GL #1051]
A flaw in DNSSEC verification when transferring mirror zones could allow data to be incorrectly marked valid. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2019-6475. [GL #1252]
Added a new command line option to dig: +[no]unexpected. By default, dig won't accept a reply from a source other than the one to which it sent the query. Add the +unexpected argument to enable it to process replies from unexpected sources.
dig, mdig and delv can all now take a +yaml option to print output in a a detailed YAML format. [RT #1145]
DNSSEC Lookaside Validation (DLV) is now obsolete.
The dnssec-lookaside option has been
marked as deprecated; when used in
it will generate a warning but will otherwise be ignored.
All code enabling the use of lookaside validation has been removed
from the validator, delv, and the DNSSEC tools.
A SipHash 2-4 based DNS Cookie (RFC 7873) algorithm has been added and made default. Old non-default HMAC-SHA based DNS Cookie algorithms have been removed, and only the default AES algorithm is being kept for legacy reasons. This change doesn't have any operational impact in most common scenarios. [GL #605]
If you are running multiple DNS Servers (different versions of BIND 9 or DNS server from multiple vendors) responding from the same IP address (anycast or load-balancing scenarios), you'll have to make sure that all the servers are configured with the same DNS Cookie algorithm and same Server Secret for the best performance.
The information from the dnssec-signzone and dnssec-verify commands is now printed to standard output. The standard error output is only used to print warnings and errors, and in case the user requests the signed zone to be printed to standard output with -f - option. A new configuration option -q has been added to silence all output on standard output except for the name of the signed zone.
DS records included in DNS referral messages can now be validated and cached immediately, reducing the number of queries needed for a DNSSEC validation. [GL #964]
Cache database statistics counters could report invalid values when stale answers were enabled, because of a bug in counter maintenance when cache data becomes stale. The statistics counters have been corrected to report the number of RRsets for each RR type that are active, stale but still potentially served, or stale and marked for deletion. [GL #602]
Interaction between DNS64 and RPZ No Data rule (CNAME *.) could cause unexpected results; this has been fixed. [GL #1106]
named-checkconf now checks DNS64 prefixes to ensure bits 64-71 are zero. [GL #1159]
named-checkconf now correctly reports a missing dnstap-output option when dnstap is set. [GL #1136]
Handle ETIMEDOUT error on connect() with a non-blocking socket. [GL #1133]
dig now correctly expands the IPv6 address when run with +expandaaaa +short. [GL #1152]
The GeoIP2 API from MaxMind is now supported. Geolocation support will be compiled in by default if the libmaxminddb library is found at compile time, but can be turned off by using configure --disable-geoip.
The default path to the GeoIP2 databases will be set based
on the location of the libmaxminddb library;
for example, if it is in
then the default path will be
This value can be overridden in
using the geoip-directory option.
Some geoip ACL settings that were available with legacy GeoIP, including searches for netspeed, org, and three-letter ISO country codes, will no longer work when using GeoIP2. Supported GeoIP2 database types are country, city, domain, isp, and as. All of these databases support both IPv4 and IPv6 lookups. [GL #182] [GL #1112]
Two new metrics have been added to the statistics-channel to report DNSSEC signing operations. For each key in each zone, the dnssec-sign counter indicates the total number of signatures named has generated using that key since server startup, and the dnssec-refresh counter indicates how many of those signatures were refreshed during zone maintenance, as opposed to having been generated as a result of a zone update. [GL #513]
When qname-minimization was set to relaxed, some improperly configured domains would fail to resolve, but would have succeeded when minimization was disabled. named will now fall back to normal resolution in such cases, and also uses type A rather than NS for minimal queries in order to reduce the likelihood of encountering the problem. [GL #1055]
./configure no longer sets --sysconfdir to /etc or --localstatedir to /var when --prefix is not specified and the aforementioned options are not specified explicitly. Instead, Autoconf's defaults of $prefix/etc and $prefix/var are respected.
Glue address records were not being returned in responses to root priming queries; this has been corrected. [GL #1092]
A race condition could trigger an assertion failure when a large number of incoming packets were being rejected. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2019-6471. [GL #942]
In order to clarify the configuration of DNSSEC keys, the trusted-keys and managed-keys statements have been deprecated, and the new dnssec-keys statement should now be used for both types of key.
When used with the keyword initial-key, dnssec-keys has the same behavior as managed-keys, i.e., it configures a trust anchor that is to be maintained via RFC 5011.
When used with the new keyword static-key, it has the same behavior as trusted-keys, configuring a permanent trust anchor that will not automatically be updated. (This usage is not recommended for the root key.) [GL #6]
named will now log a warning if a static key is configured for the root zone. [GL #6]
JSON-C is now the only supported library for enabling JSON support for BIND statistics. The configure option has been renamed from --with-libjson to --with-json-c. Use PKG_CONFIG_PATH to specify a custom path to the json-c library as the new configure option does not take the library installation path as an optional argument.
In certain configurations, named could crash with an assertion failure if nxdomain-redirect was in use and a redirected query resulted in an NXDOMAIN from the cache. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2019-6467. [GL #880]
The TCP client quota set using the tcp-clients option could be exceeded in some cases. This could lead to exhaustion of file descriptors. This flaw is disclosed in CVE-2018-5743. [GL #615]
The new add-soa option specifies whether or not the response-policy zone's SOA record should be included in the additional section of RPZ responses. [GL #865]
The dnssec-enable option has been obsoleted and no longer has any effect. DNSSEC responses are always enabled if signatures and other DNSSEC data are present. [GL #866]
When static and managed DNSSEC keys were both configured for the
same name, or when a static key was used to
configure a trust anchor for the root zone and
dnssec-validation was set to the default
auto, automatic RFC 5011 key
rollovers would be disabled. This combination of settings was
never intended to work, but there was no check for it in the
parser. This has been corrected, and it is now a fatal
configuration error. [GL #868]
DS and CDS records are now generated with SHA-256 digests
only, instead of both SHA-1 and SHA-256. This affects the
default output of dnssec-dsfromkey, the
dsset files generated by
dnssec-signzone, the DS records added to
a zone by dnssec-signzone based on
keyset files, the CDS records added to
a zone by named and
dnssec-signzone based on "sync" timing
parameters in key files, and the checks performed by
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BIND 9.15 is an unstable development branch. When its development is complete, it will be renamed to BIND 9.16, which will be a stable branch.
The end of life date for BIND 9.16 has not yet been determined. For those needing long term support, the current Extended Support Version (ESV) is BIND 9.11, which will be supported until at least December 2021. See https://kb.isc.org/docs/aa-00896 for details of ISC's software support policy.