Root server cannot be a forwarder?
kcd at daimlerchrysler.com
Wed Oct 18 20:16:03 UTC 2006
yinzhang57 at yahoo.com wrote:
> Heard that on a BIND root server, recursion is disabled and it will not
> do recursion, therefore cannot be a forwarder?
False. Recursion is not automatically disabled for a root server and a
root server can have zone definitions of "type forward", which can
provide recursive service for queries in those specific zones.
Whether it can be a "forwarder" or not depends on exactly what you
expect to be forwarded. A root server won't forward a query unless it's
in part of the namespace which is either a) delegated from the root
zone, or b) defined explicitly in the named.conf file. If neither of
those are true, it'll consider the query to be in the root zone and
answer on that basis. So this puts limits on its ability to provide a
"general" forwarding service.
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