TitleCHAIN Query Requests in DNS
AuthorP. Wouters
DateJune 2016
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        P. Wouters
Request for Comments: 7901                                       Red Hat
Category: Experimental                                         June 2016
ISSN: 2070-1721

                      CHAIN Query Requests in DNS


   This document defines an EDNS0 extension that can be used by a
   security-aware validating resolver configured to use a forwarding
   resolver to send a single query, requesting a complete validation
   path along with the regular query answer.  The reduction in queries
   potentially lowers the latency and reduces the need to send multiple
   queries at once.  This extension mandates the use of source-IP-
   verified transport such as TCP or UDP with EDNS-COOKIE, so it cannot
   be abused in amplification attacks.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  This document is a product of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF
   community.  It has received public review and has been approved for
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   all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of
   Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Requirements Notation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Option Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Protocol Description  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.1.  Discovery of Support  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.2.  Generate a Query  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.3.  Send the Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     5.4.  Generate a Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  Protocol Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.1.  DNSSEC Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.2.  NS Record Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     6.3.  Session Management  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.4.  Negative Trust Anchors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     6.5.  Anycast Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.1.  Additional Work and Bandwidth . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.2.  Amplification Attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     7.3.  Privacy Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   8.  Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     8.1.  CHAIN Query for "www.example.com" . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     8.2.  Out-of-Path Query for "example.com" . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     8.3.  Nonexistent Data  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     9.1.  EDNS0 Option Code for CHAIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   10. Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

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1.  Introduction

   Traditionally, a DNS client operates in stub mode.  For each DNS
   question the DNS client needs to resolve, it sends a single query to
   an upstream recursive resolver to obtain a single DNS answer.  When
   DNSSEC [RFC4033] is deployed on such DNS clients, validation requires
   that the client obtain all the intermediate information from the DNS
   root down to the queried-for host name, so it can perform DNSSEC
   validation on the complete chain of trust.

   Currently, applications send out many UDP requests concurrently.
   This requires more resources on the DNS client with respect to state
   (CPU, memory, battery) and bandwidth.  There is also no guarantee
   that the initial set of UDP questions will result in all the records
   required for DNSSEC validation.  More round trips could be required
   depending on the resulting DNS answers.  This especially affects
   high-latency links.

   This document specifies an EDNS0 extension that allows a validating
   resolver running as a forwarding resolver to open a TCP connection to
   another resolver and request a DNS chain answer using one DNS query/
   answer pair.  This reduces the number of round trips to two.  If
   combined with long-lived TCP or [RFC7828], there is only one round
   trip.  While the upstream resolver still needs to perform all the
   individual queries required for the complete answer, it usually has a
   much bigger cache and does not experience significant slowdown from
   last-mile latency.

   This EDNS0 extension allows the forwarding resolver to indicate which
   part of the DNS hierarchy it already contains in its cache.  This
   reduces the amount of data required to be transferred and reduces the
   work the upstream recursive resolver has to perform.

   This EDNS0 extension is only intended to be sent by forwarding
   resolvers to recursive resolvers.  It MUST be ignored by
   authoritative servers.

1.1.  Requirements Notation

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

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2.  Terminology

   The DNS terminology used in this document is that of [RFC7719].
   Additionally, the following terms are used:

   Forwarding Resolver:  A nameserver that does not do iterative
      resolution itself; instead, it passes that responsibility to
      another recursive resolver, called a "forwarder" in [RFC2308],
      Section 1.

   Recursive Resolver:  A nameserver that is responsible for resolving
      domain names for clients by following the domain's delegation
      chain, starting at the root.  Recursive resolvers frequently use
      caches to be able to respond to client queries quickly, as
      described in [RFC1035], Section 7.

   Validating Resolver:  A recursive nameserver that also performs
      DNSSEC [RFC4033] validation.  Also known as "security-aware

3.  Overview

   When DNSSEC is deployed on a host, it can no longer delegate all DNS
   work to the upstream recursive resolver.  Obtaining just the DNS
   answer itself is not enough to validate that answer using DNSSEC.
   For DNSSEC validation, the DNS client requires a locally running
   validating resolver, so it can confirm DNSSEC validation of all
   intermediary DNS answers.  It can configure itself as a forwarding
   resolver if it obtains the IP addresses of one or more recursive
   resolvers that are available or as a stand-alone recursive resolver
   if no functional recursive resolvers were obtained.  Generating the
   required queries for validation adds a significant delay in answering
   the DNS question of the locally running application.  The application
   must wait while the resolver validates all intermediate answers.
   Each round trip adds to the total time waiting on DNS resolution with
   validation to complete.  This makes DNSSEC resolving impractical for
   devices on networks with a high latency.

   This document defines the CHAIN option that allows the resolver to
   request all intermediate DNS data it requires to resolve and validate
   a particular DNS answer in a single round trip.  The resolver could
   be part of the application or a recursive resolver running on the

   Servers answering with CHAIN data should ensure that the peer's IP
   address is not a spoofed source IP address.  See Section 7.  This
   prevents DNS amplification attacks.

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   Applications that support CHAIN internally can perform validation
   without requiring the host to run a recursive resolver.  This is
   particularly useful for virtual servers in a cloud or container-based
   deployment where it is undesirable to run a recursive resolver per
   virtual machine.

   The format of this option is described in Section 4.

   As described in Section 5.4, a recursive resolver can use this EDNS0
   option to include additional data required by the resolver in the
   Authority Section of the DNS answer packet.  The Answer
   Section remains unchanged from a traditional DNS answer and contains
   the answer and related DNSSEC entries.

   An empty CHAIN EDNS0 option MAY be sent over any transport as a
   discovery method.  A DNS server receiving such an empty CHAIN option
   SHOULD add an empty CHAIN option in its answer to indicate that it
   supports the CHAIN option.

   The mechanisms provided by CHAIN raise various security concerns
   related to the additional work, bandwidth, amplification attacks, and
   privacy issues with the cache.  These concerns are described in
   Section 7.

4.  Option Format

   This document uses an EDNS0 option [RFC6891] to include client IP
   information in DNS messages.  The option is structured as follows:

                        1                   2                   3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   !         OPTION-CODE           !         OPTION-LENGTH         !
   ~                Closest Trust Point (FQDN)                     ~

   o  OPTION-CODE, 2 octets, for CHAIN is 13.

   o  OPTION-LENGTH, 2 octets, contains the length of the payload
      (everything after Option-length) in octets.

   o  Closest trust point, a variable-length Fully-Qualified Domain Name
      (FQDN) in DNS wire format of the requested start point of the
      chain.  This entry is the "lowest" known entry in the DNS chain
      known by the recursive server seeking a CHAIN answer for which it
      has a validated Delegation Signer (DS) and DNSKEY record.  The

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      endpoint of the chain is obtained from the DNS Query
      Section itself.  No DNS name compression is allowed for this

5.  Protocol Description

5.1.  Discovery of Support

   A forwarding resolver may include a zero-length CHAIN option in a
   regular query over any transport to discover the DNS server
   capability for CHAIN.  Recursive resolvers that support and are
   willing to accept CHAIN queries over source IP verified transport
   respond to a zero-length CHAIN received by including a zero-length
   CHAIN option in the answer.  If not already using a source-IP-
   verified transport, the forwarding resolver MAY then switch to a
   source-IP-verified transport and start sending queries with the CHAIN
   option to request a CHAIN response from the recursive resolver.
   Examples of source-IP-verified transports are the three-way TCP
   handshake and UDP with DNS cookies [RFC7873].

5.2.  Generate a Query

   In this option value, the forwarding resolver sets the closest trust
   point in the chain -- furthest from the root -- that it already has a
   DNSSEC-validated (secure or not) answer for in its cache.  The
   upstream recursive resolver does not need to include any part of the
   chain from the root down to this option's FQDN.  A complete example
   is described in Section 8.1.

   The CHAIN option should generally be sent by system forwarding
   resolvers and resolvers within an application that also performs
   DNSSEC validation.

5.3.  Send the Option

   When CHAIN is available, the downstream recursive resolver can adjust
   its query strategy based on the desired queries and its cache

   A forwarding resolver can request the CHAIN option with every
   outgoing DNS query.  However, it is RECOMMENDED that forwarding
   resolvers remember which upstream recursive resolvers did not return
   the option (and additional data) with their response.  The forwarding
   resolver SHOULD fall back to regular DNS for subsequent queries to
   those recursive resolvers.  It MAY switch to another recursive
   resolver that does support the CHAIN option or try again later to see
   if the server has become less loaded and is now willing to answer
   with CHAIN queries.  A fallback strategy similar to that described in

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   [RFC6891], Section 6.2.2 SHOULD be employed to avoid persistent
   interference due to non-clean paths.

5.4.  Generate a Response

   When a query containing a non-zero CHAIN option is received from a
   forwarding resolver, the upstream recursive resolver supporting CHAIN
   MAY respond by confirming that it is returning a CHAIN.  To do so, it
   MUST set the CHAIN option to the lowest trust point sent as part of
   the chain, with its corresponding OPTION-LENGTH.  It extends the
   Authority Section in the DNS answer packet with the DNS RRsets
   required for validating the answer.  The added DNS RRsets start with
   the first chain element below the received closest trust point up to
   and including the NS and DS RRsets that represent the zone cut
   (authoritative servers) of the QNAME.  The added RRsets MAY be added
   in matching hierarchical order, but a DNS client MUST NOT depend on
   the order of the added RRsets for validation.  The actual DNS answer
   to the question in the Query Section is placed in the DNS Answer
   Section identical to the traditional DNS answer.  All required
   DNSSEC-related records must be added to their appropriate sections.
   This includes records required for proof of nonexistence of regular
   and/or wildcard records, such as NextSECure (NSEC) or NSEC3 records.

   Recursive resolvers that have not implemented or enabled support for
   the CHAIN option, or are otherwise unwilling to perform the
   additional work for a CHAIN query due to workload, may safely ignore
   the option in the incoming queries.  Such a server MUST NOT include a
   CHAIN option when sending DNS answer replies back, thus indicating it
   is not able or willing to support CHAIN queries at this time.

   Requests with wrongly formatted options (i.e., bogus FQDN) MUST be
   rejected; a FORMERR response must be returned to the sender, as
   described by [RFC6891].

   Requests resulting in chains that the receiving resolver is unwilling
   to serve can be rejected by answering the query as a regular DNS
   reply but with an empty CHAIN payload.  Replying with an empty CHAIN
   can be used for chains that would be too big or for chains that would
   reveal too much information considered private.

   At any time, a recursive resolver that has determined that it is
   running low on resources can refuse CHAIN queries by replying with a
   regular DNS reply with an empty CHAIN payload.

   If a CHAIN answer would be bigger than the recursive resolver is
   willing to serve, it SHOULD send a partial chain starting with the
   data closest to the top of the chain.  The client MAY resend the
   query with an updated closest trust point until it has received the

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   full chain.  The CHAIN response will contain the lowest closest trust
   point that was included in the CHAIN answer.

   If the DNS request results in a CNAME or DNAME for the Answer
   Section, the recursive resolver MUST return these records in the
   Answer Section similar to regular DNS processing.  The CNAME or DNAME
   target MAY be placed in the Additional Section only if all supporting
   records for DNSSEC validation of the CNAME or DNAME target are also
   added to the Authority Section.

   The response from a recursive resolver to a resolver MUST NOT contain
   the CHAIN option if none was present in the resolver's original

   A DNS query that contains the CHAIN option MUST also have the "DNSSEC
   OK" (DO) bit set.  If this bit is not set, or if the "Checking
   Disabled" (CD) bit is set, the CHAIN option received MUST be ignored.

6.  Protocol Considerations

6.1.  DNSSEC Considerations

   The presence or absence of an OPT resource record containing a CHAIN
   option in a DNS query does not change the usage of those resource
   records and mechanisms used to provide data origin authentication and
   data integrity to the DNS, as described in [RFC4033], [RFC4034], and

6.2.  NS Record Considerations

   CHAIN responses SHOULD include the authoritative NS RRset with its
   RRSIG records required for validation.  It MUST NOT include the NS
   RRset from the parent zone, as this RRset is not signed.  If the size
   of the answer is an important factor, the NS RRset MAY be omitted.

   When a DNSSEC chain is supplied via CHAIN, the forwarding resolver is
   no longer required to use the NS RRset, as it can construct the
   validation path via the DNSKEY and DS RRsets without using the NS
   RRset.  However, the forwarding resolver might be forced to switch
   from forwarding resolver mode to recursive resolver mode due to a
   network topology change.  In recursive resolver mode, the NS RRsets
   are needed to find and query authoritative servers directly.  It is
   RECOMMENDED that the DNS forwarding resolver populate its cache with
   this information to avoid requiring future queries to obtain any
   missing NS records.  Therefore, CHAIN responses MUST include the NS
   RRset from the child zone, including the RRSIG records required for

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6.3.  Session Management

   The use of TCP keepalive [RFC7828] on DNS TCP sessions is
   RECOMMENDED; thus, TCP sessions should not immediately be closed
   after the DNS answer to the first query is received.

   Both DNS clients and servers are subject to resource constraints that
   will limit the extent to which CHAIN queries can be executed.
   Effective limits for the number of active sessions that can be
   maintained on individual clients and servers should be established
   either as configuration options or by interrogation of process limits
   imposed by the operating system.

   In the event that there is greater demand for CHAIN queries than can
   be accommodated, DNS servers may stop advertising the CHAIN option in
   successive DNS messages.  This allows, for example, clients with
   other candidate servers to query to establish new sessions with
   different servers in expectation that those servers might still allow
   CHAIN queries.

6.4.  Negative Trust Anchors

   If a CHAIN answer would intersect with a negative trust anchor
   [RFC7646], a partial CHAIN up to the node above the negative trust
   anchor should be returned.

6.5.  Anycast Considerations

   Recursive resolvers of various types are commonly deployed using
   anycast [RFC4786].

   Successive DNS transactions between a client and server using UDP
   transport may involve responses generated by different anycast nodes,
   and the use of anycast in the implementation of a DNS server is
   effectively undetectable by the client.  The CHAIN option SHOULD NOT
   be included in responses using UDP transport from servers provisioned
   using anycast unless all anycast server nodes are capable of
   processing the CHAIN option.

   Since DNS queries using CHAIN may result in longer TCP sessions,
   network topology changes may disrupt them more frequently.  Anycast
   servers MAY make use of Multipath TCP [RFC6824] to anchor the server
   side of the TCP connection to an unambiguously unicast address in
   order to avoid disruption due to topology changes.

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7.  Security Considerations

7.1.  Additional Work and Bandwidth

   Producing CHAIN answers incurs additional load and bandwidth on the
   recursive resolver.  At any time, a recursive resolver may decide to
   no longer answer with CHAIN answers and fall back to traditional DNS

7.2.  Amplification Attacks

   CHAIN queries can potentially send very large DNS answers.  Attackers
   could abuse this using spoofed source IP addresses to inflict large
   distributed denial-of-service attacks using CHAINS as an
   amplification vector in their attack.  While TCP is not vulnerable
   for this type of abuse, the UDP protocol is vulnerable to this.

   A recursive resolver MUST NOT return CHAIN answers to clients over
   UDP without source IP address verification.  An example of UDP-based
   source IP address verification is [RFC7873].  A recursive resolver
   refusing a CHAIN option MUST respond with a zero-length CHAIN option
   to indicate support for CHAIN queries when a proper transport is
   used.  It MUST NOT send an RCODE of REFUSED.

7.3.  Privacy Considerations

   A client producing CHAIN queries reveals a little more information
   about its cache contents than regular DNS clients.  This could be
   used to fingerprint a client across network reconnections.  If DNS
   privacy is a concern, a CHAIN query client MAY try to use a DNS
   transport that provides privacy, such as [RFC7858] or a trusted DNS
   server that is contacted through a VPN connection such as IPsec.

8.  Examples

8.1.  CHAIN Query for "www.example.com"

   o  A web browser on a client machine asks the forwarding resolver
      running on the local host to resolve the A record of
      "www.example.com." by sending a regular DNS UDP query on port 53

   o  The resolver on the client machine checks its cache and notices it
      already has a DNSSEC-validated entry of "com." in its cache.  This
      includes the DNSKEY RRset with its RRSIG records.  In other words,
      according to its cache, ".com" is DNSSEC validated as "secure" and
      can be used to continue a DNSSEC-validated chain.

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   o  The resolver on the client opens a TCP connection to its upstream
      recursive resolver on port 53.  It adds the CHAIN option as

      *  Option-code, set to 13

      *  Option-length, set to 5

      *  Closest trust point set to "com." (0x03 0x63 0x6f 0x6d 0x00)

   o  The upstream recursive resolver receives a DNS query over TCP with
      the CHAIN closest trust point set to "com.".  After accepting the
      query, it starts constructing a DNS reply packet.

   o  The upstream recursive resolver performs all the regular work to
      ensure it has all the answers to the query for the A record of
      "www.example.com.".  It does so without using the CHAIN option --
      unless it is also configured as a forwarding resolver.  The answer
      to the original DNS question could be the actual A record, the
      DNSSEC proof of nonexistence, or an insecure NXDOMAIN response.

   o  The upstream recursive resolver adds the CHAIN option to the DNS
      response as follows:

      *  Option-code, set to 13

      *  Option-length, set to 5

      *  The closest trust point is set to "com." (0x03 0x63 0x6f 0x6d

   o  The upstream recursive resolver constructs the DNS Authority
      Section and fills it (in any order) with:

      *  The DS RRset for "example.com." and its corresponding RRSIGs
         (made by the "com."  DNSKEY(s))

      *  The DNSKEY RRset for "example.com." and its corresponding
         RRSIGs (made by the "example.com."  DNSKEY(s))

      *  The authoritative NS RRset for "example.com." and its
         corresponding RRSIGs (from the child zone)

      If the answer does not exist, and the zone uses DNSSEC, it also
      adds the proof of nonexistence, such as NSEC or NSEC3 records, to
      the Authority Section.

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   o  The upstream recursive resolver constructs the DNS Answer section
      and fills it with:

      *  The A record of "www.example.com." and its corresponding

      If the answer does not exist (NODATA or NXDOMAIN), the Answer
      Section remains empty.  For the NXDOMAIN case, the RCODE of the
      DNS answer packet is set to NXDOMAIN.  Otherwise, it remains as

   o  The upstream recursive resolver returns the DNS answer over the
      existing TCP connection.  When all data is sent, it SHOULD keep
      the TCP connection open to allow for additional incoming DNS
      queries -- provided it has enough resources to do so.

   o  The resolver on the client receives the DNS answer.  It processes
      the Authority and the Answer Sections and places the information
      in its local cache.  It ensures that no data is accepted into the
      cache without having proper DNSSEC validation.  It MAY do so by
      looping over the entries in the Authority and Answer Sections.
      When an entry is validated for its cache, it is removed from the
      processing list.  If an entry cannot be validated, it is left in
      the process list.  When the end of the list is reached, the list
      is processed again until either all entries are placed in the
      cache or the remaining items cannot be placed in the cache due to
      lack of validation.  Those entries are then discarded.

   o  If the cache contains a valid answer to the application's query,
      this answer is returned to the application via a regular DNS
      answer packet.  This packet MUST NOT contain a CHAIN option.  If
      no valid answer can be returned, normal error processing is done.
      For example, an NXDOMAIN or an empty Answer Section could be
      returned depending on the error condition.

8.2.  Out-of-Path Query for "example.com"

   A recursive resolver receives a query for the A record for
   "example.com".  It includes the CHAIN option with the following

   o  Option-code, set to 13

   o  Option-length, set to 14

   o  The closest trust point set to "unrelated.ca." (0x09 0x75 0x6e
      0x72 0x65 0x6c 0x61 0x74 0x65 0x64 0x03 0x63 0x61 0x00)

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   As there is no chain that leads from "unrelated.ca." to
   "example.com.", the resolving nameserver answers with an empty CHAIN
   specified using:

   o  Option-code, set to 13

   o  Option-length, set to 0x00 0x00

   o  The closest trust point is omitted (zero length)

   Note that the regular answer is still present just as it would be for
   a query that did not specify the CHAIN option.

8.3.  Nonexistent Data

   A recursive resolver receives a query for the A record for
   "ipv6.toronto.redhat.ca".  It includes the CHAIN option with the
   following parameters:

   o  Option-code, set to 13

   o  Option-length, set to 0x00 0x03

   o  The closest trust point set to "ca."

   Using regular UDP queries towards authoritative nameservers, it
   locates the NS RRset for "toronto.redhat.ca.".  When querying for the
   A record, it receives a reply with RCODE "NoError" and an empty
   Answer Section.  The Authority Section contains NSEC3 and RRSIG
   records proving there is no A RRTYPE for the QNAME

   The recursive resolver constructs a DNS reply with the following
   CHAIN option parameters:

   o  Option-code, set to 13

   o  Option-length, set to 0x00 0x00

   o  The closest trust point is omitted (zero length)

   The RCODE is set to "NoError".  The Authority Section is filled in

   o  The DS RRset for "redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

   o  The DNSKEY RRset for "redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

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   o  The NS RRset for "redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs (e.g., ns[01].redhat.ca)

   o  The A RRset for "ns0.redhat.ca." and "ns1.redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

   o  The DS RRset for "toronto.redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

   o  The NS RRset for "toronto.redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs (e.g.,

   o  The DNSKEY RRset for "toronto.redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

   o  The A RRset and/or AAAA RRset for "ns0.toronto.redhat.ca." and
      "ns1.toronto.redhat.ca." plus RRSIGs

   o  The NSEC record for "ipv6.toronto.redhat.ca." (proves what RRTYPEs
      do exist; does not include A)

   o  The NSEC record for "toronto.redhat.ca." (proves no wildcard

   The Answer Section is empty.  The RCODE is set to NOERROR.

9.  IANA Considerations

9.1.  EDNS0 Option Code for CHAIN

   IANA has assigned option code 13 in the "DNS EDNS0 Option Codes
   (OPT)" registry to CHAIN.

10.  Normative References

   [RFC1035]  Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - implementation and
              specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, DOI 10.17487/RFC1035,
              November 1987, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc1035>.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC2308]  Andrews, M., "Negative Caching of DNS Queries (DNS
              NCACHE)", RFC 2308, DOI 10.17487/RFC2308, March 1998,

   [RFC4033]  Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S.
              Rose, "DNS Security Introduction and Requirements",
              RFC 4033, DOI 10.17487/RFC4033, March 2005,

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   [RFC4034]  Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S.
              Rose, "Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions",
              RFC 4034, DOI 10.17487/RFC4034, March 2005,

   [RFC4035]  Arends, R., Austein, R., Larson, M., Massey, D., and S.
              Rose, "Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security
              Extensions", RFC 4035, DOI 10.17487/RFC4035, March 2005,

   [RFC4786]  Abley, J. and K. Lindqvist, "Operation of Anycast
              Services", BCP 126, RFC 4786, DOI 10.17487/RFC4786,
              December 2006, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4786>.

   [RFC6824]  Ford, A., Raiciu, C., Handley, M., and O. Bonaventure,
              "TCP Extensions for Multipath Operation with Multiple
              Addresses", RFC 6824, DOI 10.17487/RFC6824, January 2013,

   [RFC6891]  Damas, J., Graff, M., and P. Vixie, "Extension Mechanisms
              for DNS (EDNS(0))", STD 75, RFC 6891,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6891, April 2013,

   [RFC7646]  Ebersman, P., Kumari, W., Griffiths, C., Livingood, J.,
              and R. Weber, "Definition and Use of DNSSEC Negative Trust
              Anchors", RFC 7646, DOI 10.17487/RFC7646, September 2015,

   [RFC7719]  Hoffman, P., Sullivan, A., and K. Fujiwara, "DNS
              Terminology", RFC 7719, DOI 10.17487/RFC7719, December
              2015, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7719>.

   [RFC7828]  Wouters, P., Abley, J., Dickinson, S., and R. Bellis, "The
              edns-tcp-keepalive EDNS0 Option", RFC 7828,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7828, April 2016,

   [RFC7858]  Hu, Z., Zhu, L., Heidemann, J., Mankin, A., Wessels, D.,
              and P. Hoffman, "Specification for DNS over Transport
              Layer Security (TLS)", RFC 7858, DOI 10.17487/RFC7858, May
              2016, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7858>.

   [RFC7873]  Eastlake 3rd, D. and M. Andrews, "Domain Name System (DNS)
              Cookies", RFC 7873, DOI 10.17487/RFC7873, May 2016,

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   Andrew Sullivan pointed out that we do not need any new data formats
   to support DNS chains.  Olafur Gudmundsson ensured the RRsets are
   returned in the proper sections.  Thanks to Tim Wicinski for his
   thorough review.

Author's Address

   Paul Wouters
   Red Hat

   Email: pwouters@redhat.com