I'm surprised the check-names option even works. I remember one version
of BIND 9 I played with that logged a message that it didn't recognize
that option. So I took it out. (I wish I could remember what version of
BIND that was.) Now, when I look at BIND 9.3.4, I see that it is
allowed. In searching the web, I've seen various things along the lines
of "it was not in 9.2, but it is in 9.3" and "BIND 9 doesn't need it
because it doesn't check host names by default". The DNS & BIND book
(4th ed) doesn't mention it in the appendix (p 569, BIND 9 Configuration
File Statements), but it does mention it for BIND 9 in chapter 4,

So, does BIND 9 use the check-names option? Do I need to put it back in
my named.conf file?


-----Original Message-----
From: bind-users-bounce@isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounce@isc.org] On
Behalf Of Gregory Hicks
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 4:18 PM
To: bind-users@isc.org; plaws@ou.edu
Subject: Re: check-names settings

> Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:56:56 -0500
> From: Peter Laws
> Leonard Mills wrote:
> > check-names master ignore
> >
> > might well be what you're looking for. You lose name checking
> > against the

current standards :-).
> *That's* the question: what are the standards as BIND sees them? The

> RFCs referenced in here and in the docs specify what's "official" (or
> what was official years ago) but that's not necessarily the same as

what BIND does:
> "The rules for legal hostnames / mail domains are derived from RFC 952

> and RFC 821 as modified by RFC 1123." (from BIND docs)
> OK, so just what is derived? Did they take the rules verbatim? Or do

> they allow some and not others? SRV records *require* the underbar,
> but they aren't mentioned in any of the RFCs above or any posted here

today ...

Well, you're allowed to have an "_" in a DOMAIN name but not in a HOST
name. And RFC 2782 covers SRV RRs as used in DNS...

(RFC 2782 is available http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2782.html and
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2782.txt )

> So the question stands - what do I lose if I choose "check-names slave

> ignore"?
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> Oklahoma Information Technology plaws@ou.edu
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