[Dnsmasq-discuss] Bug forward upstream SERVFAIL
martin.wetterwald at corp.ovh.com
Tue Jan 3 13:42:41 GMT 2017
Hi and happy new year :)
We don't use DNSSEC, the problem doesn't seem DNSSEC related.
But even if DNSSEC is enabled, a SERVFAIL answer should be forwarded by
dnsmasq to the client only if all upstreams fail DNSSEC chain-of-trust
validation and all send a SERVFAIL to dnsmasq.
How do you think about this behaviour?
Why not forward one upstream answer that succeeded chain-of-trust validation even
if other failed?
However, our case is not DNSSEC related and can be reproduced by setting up
two upstreams, with one always replying by SERVFAILs answers, the other
one working normally.
- The first request made to dnsmasq yields SERVFAIL (because the
SERVFAIL answer arrives faster than the not-yet-cached good answer
(NOERROR) from the other upstream).
- The following requests made to dnsmasq always yield the NOERROR good
answer because it's now in cache and faster than the
On 16/12/16 21:05, Simon Kelley wrote:
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> The rationale behind this change is that SERVFAIL is the expected
> reply if DNSSEC checking is turned on, and the upstream server cannot
> validate the DNSSEC chain-of-trust for the requested record. This
> change went as part of the dnsmasq DNSSEC implementation, because it
> was expected that the "check DNSSEC" bit would be set on queries, so a
> return of SERVFAIL implies a DNSSEC problem, which is not recoverable.
> If SERVFAIL is an expected error return which means DNSSEC validation
> failure, you don't necessarily want to spend time forwarding the query
> to other servers and waiting for them to reply.
> I'm not sure the above is cast-iron argument for the current
> behaviour, and even if it is the behaviour could be modulated,
> depending on if the "check DNSSEC" bit was set in the query.
> Was the original problem DNSEC related, or does the SERVFAIL originate
> from some other error?
> On 23/11/16 12:04, Martin Wetterwald wrote:
> > Yes, the behaviour I had in mind is to only forward SERVFAIL to
> > the client if we didn't have any "better" answer (NOERROR) from any
> > other upstream.
> > That way, DNS resolution with several upstreams stays reliable even
> > if some of them SERVFAIL.
> > Does that seem reasonable? Does that still respects the RFC
> > definition of "SERVFAIL"?
> > Martin
> > On 22/11/16 12:02, /dev/rob0 wrote:
> >> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 04:18:55PM +0000, Chris Novakovic wrote:
> >>> On 22/11/16 15:03, Martin Wetterwald wrote:
> >>>> We found what we think is a bug (at least a not wanted
> >>>> behaviour), but it seems it's actually a feature, when
> >>>> looking at commits 4ace25c5 and 51967f980 (pasted at the end
> >>>> of this email).
> >>> 4ace25c5 is a red herring: that provides REFUSED responses with
> >>> the behaviour you're looking for. Whether the same behaviour
> >>> ought to be applied to SERVFAIL responses is for Simon to
> >>> decide: the commit message for 51967f980 isn't clear about why
> >>> SERVFAIL should be considered a "successful" upstream response,
> >>> but I'm sure there was a reason, and I'm sure he can fill us
> >>> in.
> >> SERVFAIL can sometimes be considered "successful" depending on
> >> circumstances.
> >> If all the authoritative NS hosts for a zone are returning
> >> SERVFAIL for queries, then indeed, that's as best as can be
> >> done.
> >> But the problem could be on the recursive resolver, such as [for
> >> one example] cache poisoning causing DNSSEC validation failure.
> >> Unfortunately dnsmasq is not in a position to know which it is.
> >> I think the most prudent thing for dnsmasq to do on SERVFAIL is
> >> to attempt the query with other upstream servers, if possible.
> >> But an answer needs to be provided to the client before its own
> >> timeout value. -- http://rob0.nodns4.us/ Offlist GMX mail is seen
> >> only if "/dev/rob0" is in the Subject:
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