[arin-announce] DNSSEC Monitoring Enhancements

ARIN info at arin.net
Mon Feb 4 11:32:25 EST 2019

On 31 January, ARIN deployed DNSSEC monitoring enhancements, including 
proactive RRSIG expiration checking, zone syntax checking, and DNSSEC 
validation. We are monitoring from various disparate locations across 
the Internet with these checks. This effort was undertaken in response 
to the incident that occurred on 11 January, detailed in the incident 
report below.

Improved monitoring of DNSSEC and the arin.net zone will provide earlier 
alerts of any issues such as Resource Record Signature (RRSIG) 
expiration and any issues with DNSSEC validation. These enhancements 
will provide early warning of potential issues, prevent outages, and 
improve our ability to troubleshoot DNSSEC problems if they occur in the 

Mark Kosters
Chief Technology Officer
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Incident Report:

On 11 January 2019, at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET, ARIN monitoring 
systems alerted that some arin.net properties were unreachable. All 
users with validating DNS resolvers were unable to look up resources 
within arin.net and thus were unable to reach them. ARIN’s www.arin.net 
and ftp.arin.net sites and Whois, RPKI, and DNS services were affected 
for those users who use validating resolvers.

ARIN’s Engineering staff determined that DNSSEC validation for the 
arin.net zone was failing and temporarily unpublished Delegation Signer 
(DS) records with our registrar so that we could investigate the 
problem. Upon troubleshooting, ARIN staff discovered that the removal of 
a resource record had created a spurious record, which caused a script 
to fail to reload. New versions of the zone could not be loaded, and the 
zone file in use expired. After determining the cause of the problem, 
the offending file was removed and the zone was reloaded. Delegation 
Signer (DS) records were republished and the zone validated, restoring 
service at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET.

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