[rfc-dist] RFC 3833 on Threat Analysis of the Domain Name System (DNS)

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        RFC 3833

        Title:      Threat Analysis of the Domain Name System (DNS)
        Author(s):  D. Atkins, R. Austein
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       August 2004
        Mailbox:    derek at ihtfp.com, sra at isc.org
        Pages:      16
        Characters: 39303
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:    None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-dnsext-dns-threats-07.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3833.txt

Although the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) have been under
development for most of the last decade, the IETF has never written
down the specific set of threats against which DNSSEC is designed to
protect.  Among other drawbacks, this cart-before-the-horse situation
has made it difficult to determine whether DNSSEC meets its design
goals, since its design goals are not well specified.  This note
attempts to document some of the known threats to the DNS, and, in
doing so, attempts to measure to what extent (if any) DNSSEC is a
useful tool in defending against these threats.

This document is a product of the DNS Extensions Working Group of the

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