Why Bother Securing DNS?

  • Dieter GollmannEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8809)


The current state of DNS security is characterized by two opposing developments. DNSSEC introduces a PKI to support message authentication in the DNS protocol; DANE proposes to use this PKI also for provisioning TLS certificates. At the same time, PKIs are perceived as a major point of weakness; mechanisms like certificate pinning attempt to reduce the trust one needs to place in a PKI. We note that DNS provides rendezvous, identification, and introduction services and argue that this differentiation can reduce the impact of compromised trusted third parties.


Domain Name System TLS DANE Identification Rendezvous services Critical infrastructures 



The author thanks Daniel Thomas for a constructive criticism of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Security in Distributed ApplicationsHamburg University of TechnologyHamburgGermany

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