[Pdns-announce] PowerDNS Recursor 4.5.1 Released
otto.moerbeek at open-xchange.com
Tue May 11 09:49:26 UTC 2021
We are proud to announce the release of PowerDNS Recursor 4.5.1.
Compared to the release candidate, this release contains two bug fixes.
Note that 4.5.0 was never released publicly, since an issue was found
Compared to the previous major (4.4) release of PowerDNS Recursor, this
release contains a rewrite of the way zone cuts are determined,
reducing the number of outgoing queries by up to 17% when doing DNSSEC
validation while reducing the CPU usage more than 20% .
Another notable feature is the implementation of EDNS0 padding (RFC
7830) for answers sent to clients.
This 4.5.1 release includes an important addition: the implementation
of RFC 8198: Aggressive use of DNSSEC-Validated Cache. This enables
the Recursor to answer queries for non-existing names with less effort
in many cases. This feature uses both NSEC and NSEC3 records.
Additionally the DNSSEC default mode is now "process", while it was
"process-no-validate" before. This means that clients asking for it
will get DNSSEC validated answers by default.
We also added a cache of non-resolving nameservers. This enhances
performance when the Recursor encounters domains that list nameservers
that do not resolve and further mitigates the TsuNAME vulnerability.
This release also features a re-worked negative cache that is shared
between threads, allowing more efficient use of the cache and reduced
Support for Extended DNS Errors (RFC 8914) has been added. These can
be enabled by setting the extended-resolution-errors setting to
'yes', this will send DNSSEC and resolution related errors to clients.
Extended Errors are also hooked up to the Lua scripting engine,
allowing fine-grained setting of both the error code and extra
information in the response.
A "refresh almost expired records" (also called "refetch") mechanism
has been introduced to keep the record cache warm. In short, if a query
comes in and the cached record's TTL is almost expired (within N
percent of its original value) the cached record is served to the
client and the record queried for in the background, ensuring that new
queries for that record are fresh and served from the cache.
Other new features and improvements are:
* The complete protobuf and dnstap logging code has been rewritten to
have much smaller performance impact.
* We have introduced non-offensive synonyms for words used in
settings. See the upgrade guide.
* The default minimum TTL override has been changed from 0 to 1.
* The spoof-nearmiss-max setting's default has been changed to 1.
This has the consequence that the Recursor will switch to do TCP
queries to authoritative nameservers sooner as an effective measure
against many spoofing attacks.
* Incoming queries over TCP now also use the packet cache, providing
another performance increase.
* File written to by the rec_control command are new opened by the
command itself. It is also possible to write the content to the
standard output stream by using a hyphen as file name.
* TCP FastOpen (RFC 7413) support for outgoing TCP connections to
authoritative servers and forwarders.
Please refer to the changelog for additional details.
Please send us all feedback and issues you might have via the mailing
list, or in case of a bug, via GitHub.
The tarball (signature) is available from our download
server and packages for several distributions are available from
With this 4.5.1 release, the 4.2.x releases will be EOL and the 4.3.x
and 4.4.x releases will go into critical fixes only mode. Consult the
EOL policy for more details.
We would also like to announce that with this release we will stop
supporting systems using 32-bit time. This includes 32-bit Linux
platforms like arm6, arm7, and i386.
We are grateful to the PowerDNS community for the reporting of bugs,
issues, feature requests, and especially to the submitters of fixes and
implementations of features.
-Otto and the PowerDNS Team
Email: otto.moerbeek at open-xchange.com
Open-Xchange AG, Hohenzollernring 72, 50672 Cologne, District Court Cologne HRB 95366
Managing Board: Andreas Gauger, Carsten Dirks, Dirk Valbert, Frank Hoberg, Stephan Martin
Chairman of the Board: Richard Seibt
PowerDNS.COM BV, Koninginnegracht 14L, 2514 AA Den Haag, The Netherlands
Managing Director: Robert Brandt, Carsten Dirks
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