[clug] Debian update - Bind config

Rasjid Wilcox rasjidw at openminddev.net
Sun May 18 20:31:06 EST 2003

Thanks to all who responded.  The update went quite smoothly, although I now 
have one more resulting question.

Bind was upgraded, and the configuration files all got moved around and 
modified automatically.  I know almost nothing about Bind, but everything 
looked okay, except for the following issue.

The new named.conf had the following lines, that were not in the original 

acl "companyxyz" { www.xxx.yyy.zzz; www.xxx.yyy.zzz; };  <-- NEW LINE

and then later in the file:
zone "some.domain" {
    type master;
    file "/etc/bind/named.some.doman";
    allow-transfer { companyxyz; };    <-- NEW LINE

The 'acl' and 'allow-transfer' lines were added into the config file during 
the upgrade process.  I have read through the named.conf man page, and it is 
still not obvious to me whether these changes are desirable and should be 
left in, or should be commented out.  Given that the man page says:
              ...  If not specified, the default is to allow transfers
              from all hosts.
then it looks to me like this is a more secure arrangement, but I'm really 
just guessing here.  On the other hand, perhaps this is saying to publish 
information that was previously not being published, which would be bad.

For the moment I have left them in, on the assumption that the upgrade process 
seemed to do everything else right, so lets not interfere unless I know what 
I'm dong.  :-)

Any insight into this greatly appreciated.




Rasjid Wilcox
Canberra, Australia  UTC + 10

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