receive_secure_serial: bad database

Evan Hunt each at
Thu Oct 20 19:57:56 UTC 2016

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 07:47:35PM +0000, Eldridge, Rod A [ITNET] wrote:
> I haven't found a good explanation of that this log entry means:
> Oct 20 14:41:47 dns-s named[8311]: zone (signed): receive_secure_serial: bad database
> I've found 58 log entires for this just in the last 90 minutes. Nothing
> before that in the last 9 days. I've also had named die several times
> for unknown reasons and once wasn't responding during this time as well.

It looks like this is an inline-signing zone, and something's gone
wrong with synchronization between the unsigned and signed versions.

You may be able to correct the glitch by removing the signed version
of the zone and restarting named so it gets resigned
from scratch.  Please preserve all the zone files first, though, so we
can try to identify the error.

Can you please open a ticket by mailing bind9-bugs at It would
be easier to discuss it there.

Evan Hunt -- each at
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.

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