The âDNSSEC Testbed for Germanyâ has entered a decisive phase: as of 2 March 2010 DENIC has given all second level domains under .DE the opportunity to participate in the DNSSEC testbed and to record their experiences.
In this process, DENIC initially registers the Key Signing Keys used as Trust Anchor, and then publishes the corresponding DS records in the .de zone accessible in the testbed. Thus, for the first time, the participants in the testbed will receive DNSSEC-secured responses for the second level domains involved. This is a considerable improvement compared with the previous status.
After having successfully implemented the signed version of the .DE zone in the testbed environment in January, DENIC now makes available in the second phase of the project interfaces for registering and administering the key material of the delegated .DE domains. These new features are also supported by the information services âwhoisâ and âdomain queryâ.
To be able to participate in the testbed, domain holders must use a DNSSEC-capable name server software for their domain. This is an essential prerequisite. At the present moment, the implementation is primarily suited for domain holders who operate their own name servers. As in domain registration and administration, the Key Signing Key is registered by the Internet service provider or domain registrar who administers the domain. Thus, interested domain holders are requested to contact their providers directly and to consult them about their personal options for using DNSSEC.
Within the next months, DENIC will clarify technical and operational questions in detail together with the testbed participants. The goal is to gain additional important knowledge with the support of a large number of participants â also new ones â and to design workflows and procedures in terms of practical suitability.
You will find more detailed information about the DNSSEC testbed and how to actively participate in it on DENICâs special webpages. Additionally, DENIC has established a testbed mailing list to which you can subscribe via the link mailinglists.denic.de/mailman/listinfo/dnssec-testbed-l. This list serves as a platform for mutual technical support and for exchanging experience.
To register your .DE domain name, check out Europe Registry here.