BIND 9.0.0b5

Andreas Gustafsson Andreas.Gustafsson at
Fri Jun 30 21:12:54 UTC 2000

Announcing the release of BIND version 9 beta 5

This beta release contains the final feature set of the upcoming 9.0.0
release, but is is not yet a release candidate for 9.0.0.  A release
candidate is expected in the near future.

BIND version 9 beta 5 is available from:

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Enclosed is the README file included with the distribution kit.



	BIND version 9 is a major rewrite of nearly all aspects of the
	underlying BIND architecture. This re-architecting of BIND was
	necessitated by the expected demands of:

		- Domain name system growth, particularly in very large
		  zones such as .COM
		- Protocol enhancements necessary to securely query and
		  update zones
		- Protocol enhancements necessary to take advantage of
		  certain architectural features of IP version 6

	These demands implied performance requirements that were not
	necessarily easy to attain with the BIND version 8
	architecture.  In particular, BIND must not only be able to
	run on multi-processor multi-threaded systems, but must take
	full advantage of the performance enhancements these
	architectures can provide. In addition, the underlying data
	storage architecture of BIND version 8 does not lend itself to
	implementing alternative back end databases, such as would be
	desirable for the support of multi-gigabyte zones. As such
	zones are easily foreseeable in the relatively near future,
	the data storage architecture needed revision. The feature
	requirements for BIND version 9 included:

		- Scalability
			Thread safety
		        Multi-processor scalability
		        Support for very large zones

		- Security
		        Support for DNSSEC
		        Support for TSIG
		        Auditability (code and operation)
		        Firewall support (split DNS)

		- Portability

		- Maintainability

		- Protocol Enhancements
		        IXFR, DDNS, Notify, EDNS0
		        Improved standards conformance

		- Operational enhancements
		        High availability and reliability
		        Support for alternative back end databases

		- IP version 6 support
		        IPv6 resource records (A6, DNAME, etc.)
		        Bitstring labels

	BIND version 9 development has been underwritten by the following

	        Sun Microsystems, Inc.
	        Hewlett Packard
	        Compaq Computer Corporation
	        Process Software Corporation
	        Silicon Graphics, Inc.
	        Network Associates, Inc.
	        U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency
		USENIX Association
		Stichting NLnet - NLnet Foundation

BIND 9.0.0b5

	BIND 9.0.0b5 is the fifth public release of BIND 9 code.  It 
	contains the final set of features for the upcoming 9.0.0 release,
	but it is not considered a release candidate due to a number
	of known problems, in particular with the "nsupdate" and "dig"

	This release is aimed at early adopters and those
	who wish to make use of new 9.0 features, such as IPv6 and
	DNSSEC secure resolution support.

	We are running 9.0.0b5 in production, but it has not been
	extensively tested in large installations or under heavy load,
	We welcome your feedback about how it performs in the real

	The distribution includes a new lightweight resolver library
	and associated resolver daemon.  These should still be considered

	The server-side support for DNSSEC secured zones is stable and
	complete with the exception of the handling of wildcard records.
	The support for secure resolution is still to be considered

	There have been some changes since beta 4; the highlights are:

		The default value of the 'transfer-format' option is
		now 'many-answers'.

		The default value of the 'listen-on-v6' option is
		now '{ none; }'.

		The 'lwresd' program is now a link to 'named'.

		The DNSSEC key generation and signing tools now
		generate randomness from keyboard input on systems
		that lack /dev/random.

		A plain text version of the Administratior Reference
		Manual has been added.
		Various bug fixes and cleanups.

	There are a few known bugs:

		The "nsupdate" program is almost completely broken.

		The "dig" program is somewhat unstable.

		The option "query-source * port 53;" will not work as
		expected.  Instead of the wildcard address "*", you need 
		to use an explicit source IP address.

		On some systems, IPv6 and IPv4 sockets interact in
		unexpected ways.  For details, see doc/misc/ipv6.
		To reduce the impact of these problems, the server
		no longer listens for requests on IPv6 addresses
		by default.  If you need to accept DNS queries over
		IPv6, you must specify "listen-on-v6 { any; };"
		in the named.conf options statement.

		There are known problems with thread signal handling 
		under Solaris 2.6.

	For a detailed list of user-visible changes since beta 4, see
	the CHANGES file.	

	BIND 9.0.0 will support most but not all BIND 8 features.  Among
	the missing features are selective (per-domain) forwarding,
	sortlists, statistics, and process limits.  We plan to implement
	most of the missing ones in BIND 9.1.


	BIND 9 currently requires a UNIX system with an ANSI C compiler,
	basic POSIX support, and a good pthreads implementation.

	We've had successful builds and tests on the following systems:

		AIX 4.3
		COMPAQ Tru64 UNIX 4.0D
                COMPAQ Tru64 UNIX 5 (with IPv6 EAK)
		FreeBSD 3.4-STABLE
		HP-UX 11
		IRIX64 6.5
		NetBSD-current (with "unproven" pthreads)
		Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1, 6.2
		Solaris 2.6, 7, 8 (beta)

	To build, just


        Several environment variables that can be set before running
        configure will affect compilation:

                The C compiler to use.  configure tries to figure
                out the right one for supported systems.

                C compiler flags.  Defaults to include -g and/or -O2
                as supported by the compiler.

                System header file directories.  Can be used to specify
                where add-on thread or IPv6 support is, for example.
                Defaults to empty string.

                Any additional preprocessor symbols you want defined.
                Defaults to empty string.

        To build shared libraries, specify "--with-libtool" on the
	configure command line.

	If your operating system has integrated support for IPv6, it
	will be used automatically.  If you have installed KAME IPv6
	separately, use "--with-kame[=PATH]" to specify its location.
        To see additional configure options, run "configure --help".

	"make install" will install "named" and the various BIND 9 libraries.
	By default, installation is into /usr/local, but this can be changed
	with the "--prefix" option when running "configure".

	If you're planning on making changes to the BIND 9 source, you
	should also "make depend".  If you're using Emacs, you might find
	"make tags" helpful.

	Building with gcc is not supported, unless gcc is the vendor's usual
	compiler (e.g. the various BSD systems, Linux).

	Parts of the library can be tested by running "make test" from the
	bin/tests subdirectory.

Bug Reports and Mailing Lists

	Bugs reports should be sent to

		bind9-bugs at

	To join the BIND 9 Users mailing list, send mail to

		bind9-users-request at

	If you're planning on making changes to the BIND 9 source
	code, you might want to join the BIND 9 Workers mailing list.
	Send mail to

		bind9-workers-request at

"named" command line options

	-c <config_file>

	-d <debug_level>

	-f				Run in the foreground.

	-g				Run in the foreground and log
					to stderr, ignoring any "logging"
					statement in in the config file.

	-n <number_of_cpus>		

	-t <directory>			Chroot to <directory> before running.

	-u <username>			Run as user <username> after binding
					to privileged ports.

	Use of the "-t" option while still running as "root" doesn't
	enhance security on most systems.  The way chroot() is defined
	allows a process with root privileges to escape the chroot jail.

	The "-u" option is not currently useful on Linux kernels older
	than 2.3.99-pre3.  Linux threads are actually processes sharing a
	common address space.  An unfortunate side effect of this is that
	some system calls, e.g. setuid() that in a typical pthreads
	environment would affect all threads only affect the calling
	thread/process on Linux.  The good news is that BIND 9 uses the
	Linux kernel's capability mechanism to drop all root powers except
	the ability to bind() to a privileged port.  2.3.99-pre3 and later
	kernels allow a process to say that its capabilities should be
	retained after setuid().  If BIND 9 is compiled with 2.3.99-pre3 or
	later kernel .h files, the "-u" option will cause the server to
	run with the specified user id, but it will retain the capability
	to bind() to privileged ports.

	On systems with more than one CPU, the "-n" option should be used
	to indicate how many CPUs there are.  If the "-n" option is not
	provided, named will attempt to determine the number of available
	CPUs and use all of them.

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