[dns-operations] Prevalence of query/response logging?

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at nic.fr
Fri Jul 4 11:44:24 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jul 04, 2014 at 06:00:48PM +0700,
 Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at arbor.net> wrote 
 a message of 23 lines which said:

> I know that some DNS operators disable logging of queries/responses
> due to the overhead of doing so

Logging in the name server itself is typically very slow, take
resources and, more seriously, add a new feature (which means new bugs
and new security issues) to a critical software. So, indeed, it should
not be done.

> and/or logging queries/responses out-of-band via packet-capture
> taps, databases, etc.?

Following OARC workshops, it seems many operators of authoritative
name servers log everything, with capture taps + a

There are also captures of traffic at recursors, for instance
Farsight' SIE, which logs the answers, and have interesting services
on the top of it (such as DNSDB).

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