New Revision of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-81 Under Way


This inaugural post is the first in a series documenting the update of NIST SP 800-81, Secure Domain Name System (DNS) Deployment Guide. The current version (SP 800-81r1) was published in April 2010. Since that date, DNSSEC deployment Internet-wide had matured and advanced to the point where a new revision is justified.

The goal of the new revision of NIST SP 800-81 is to incorporate updates to recommendations based on currently deployment experiences. There have also been recent developments in specification of new cryptographic algorithms for use with DNSSEC (such as Elliptic Curve). The new revision will add discussion on new crypto algorithms as well as update the existing recommendations for DNS and DNSSEC operation.

We are also planning a new section of the document to provide guidance and recommendations for recursive DNS servers and validators. With DNSSEC deployment on the rise, more enterprises (and even ISPs) are configuring DNSSEC validation. Validation is also a planned required control in the upcoming revision of FISMA (NIST SP 800-53r4), so the new sections will be timely.

The plan is to have regular updates on this blog as the draft revision progresses. This is also one of the forums to discuss the revision during the process. As with all NIST Special Publications, there will be a draft document posted with an official comment period; this blog is simply an attempt to solicit input before the initial public draft is released for public comment.
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