[dns-operations] synchronised ZSK rollovers

Jim Reid jim at rfc1035.com
Mon Mar 22 12:51:46 UTC 2010

On 22 Mar 2010, at 11:58, Chris Thompson wrote:

> Which reminds me of a question that's been worrying me: if lots of  
> zone
> administrators decide to roll their ZSKs every 3 months (say), are  
> they
> *all* going to choose to do so on the natural quarter boundaries?  
> Would
> it not be a good idea to encourage them to choose a random offset?

It depends. I doubt it matters much if TLDs rollover their ZSKs at the  
same time. The impact of that will be on validating resolvers, not the  
authopritative servers. So it's spread out and the performance impact  
on each resolver should be negligible because they'll be unlikely to  
resolve and validate names in every TLD that's just introduced a new  
ZSK at the same time. There would be an impact on a hosting provider  
or registrar who rolls new ZSKs for (say) 50-100K zones at the same  
time or theresabouts. But even that can be managed with a little  
common sense.

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