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       OpenDNSSEC - making DNSSEC easy for DNS administrators


       ods-control start

       ods-control stop

       ods-ksmutil subcommand...

       ods-signer [subcommand...]


       OpenDNSSEC  is  a  complete  DNSSEC zone signing system which maintains
       stability  and  security  of   signed   domains.   DNSSEC   adds   many
       cryptographic  concerns  to  DNS;  OpenDNSSEC  automates those to allow
       current DNS administrators to adopt DNSSEC.

       Domain signing is done by placing OpenDNSSEC between  the  place  where
       the  zone  files  are edited and where they are published.  The current
       version of OpenDNSSEC supports files and AXFR to communicate  the  zone
       data;  effectively,  OpenDNSSEC  acts  as  a "bump in the wire" between
       editing and publishing a zone.

       OpenDNSSEC has two daemons, which  are  unitedly  started  and  stopped
       through  the  ods-control(8)  command.   The two daemons in turn invoke
       other programs to get their work done.

       One of the daemons is the KASP Enforcer, which enforces  policies  that
       define  security  and  timing  requirements  for  each individual zone.
       Operators tend to interact with the KASP Enforcer a  lot,  through  the
       ods-ksmutil(1) command.

       The  other  daemon  is  the Signer Engine, which in turn signs the zone
       content.  It retrieves that content from a file or  through  AXFR,  and
       publishes  a  signed  version  of the zone into a file or through AXFR.
       Direct interaction  with  the  Signer  Engine,  although  not  normally
       necessary, is possible through the ods-signer(8) command.

       The  keys that sign the zones are managed by an independent repository,
       which is accessed over a PKCS #11 interface.   The  principle  idea  of
       this interface being to unleash access to cryptographic hardware, there
       are implementations in software.  Also, implementations range from open
       to  commercial,  and  from  very  simple to highly secure.  By default,
       OpenDNSSEC is configured to run on top of a SoftHSM, but  a  few  other
       commands  exist to test any Hardware Security Module that may sit under
       the PKCS #11 API.


       The approach used by OpenDNSSEC follows the best  current  practice  of
       two kinds of key per zone:

       KSK or Key Signing Key
              This key belongs in the apex of a zone, and is referenced in the
              parent zone (quite possibly  a  registry)  in  the  form  of  DS
              records  alongside NS records.  These parent references function
              as trust delegations.

              The KSK  is  usually  a  longer  key,  and  it  could  harm  the
              efficiency  of  secure  resolvers  if  all  individual  resource
              records were signed with it.  This is why it is advisable to use
              the KSK only to sign the ZSK.

              In  DNS records, the KSK can usually be recognised by having its
              SEP (Secure Entry Point) flag set.

       ZSK or Zone Signing Key
              This key also belongs in the apex of a  zone,  and  is  actually
              used  to  sign  the resource records in a zone.  It is a shorter
              key for reasons of efficiency, that is rolled over on  a  fairly
              regular  basis.   To detach these rollovers from the parent, the
              ZSK is not directly trusted by the parent zone, but instead  its
              trust  is  established  by  way of a signature by the KSK on the

       OpenDNSSEC is mindful about the period of validity  of  each  key,  and
       will rollover in time to keep the domain signed, with new keys, without
       any downtime for the  secure  domain.   The  only  thing  that  is  not
       standardised,  and  thus  cannot  be  automated  at  the  moment is the
       interface between a zone and  its  parent,  so  this  has  to  be  done
       manually, or scripted around OpenDNSSEC.


       ods-auditor(1),   ods-control(8),   ods-enforcerd(8),  ods-hsmspeed(1),
       ods-hsmutil(1),   ods-kaspcheck(1),   ods-ksmutil(1),    ods-signer(8),
       ods-signerd(8), ods-timing(5),


       OpenDNSSEC  was  made  by  the  OpenDNSSEC  project,  to  be  found  on