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DNS Extensions Working Group                            J. Schlyter, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                         November 26, 2003
Updates: RFC 2535, RFC TCR (if approved)
Expires: May 26, 2004


                        DNSSEC NSEC RDATA Format
                  draft-ietf-dnsext-nsec-rdata-00.txt

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Abstract

   This document defines updates the NSEC resource record RDATA format
   to cover all type codes.












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Table of Contents

   1.    Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.    The NSEC Resource Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.1   NSEC RDATA Wire Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.1.1 The Next Domain Name Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.1.2 The List of Type Bit Map(s) Field  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.1.3 Inclusion of Wildcard Names in NSEC RDATA  . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.2   The NSEC RR Presentation Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.3   NSEC RR Example  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.    IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   4.    Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
         Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
         Informational References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
         Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   A.    Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
         Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . .  8


































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1. Introduction

   The NSEC [3] Resource Record (RR) is used for authenticated proof of
   the non-existence of DNS owner names and types.  The RDATA format for
   the NSEC RR, as described in RFC 2535 [2], had a limitation in that,
   without using a yet undefined extension mechanism, the the RDATA
   could only carry information about the existence of the first 127
   types.

   To prevent the introduction of an extension mechanism into a deployed
   base of DNSSEC aware servers and resolvers, once the first 127 type
   codes are allocated, this document redefines the wire format of the
   "Type Bit Map" field in the NSEC RDATA to cover the full RR type
   space.

   This document introduces a new format for the type bit map.  The
   properties of the type bit map format are that it can cover the full
   possible range of typecodes; that it is relatively economic in the
   amount of space it uses for the common case of a few types with an
   owner name; that it can represent owner names with all possible type
   present in packets of approximately 8.5 kilobytes; that the
   representation is simple to implement. Efficient searching of the
   type bitmap for the presence of certain types is not a requirement.

   For convenience and completeness this document presents the syntax
   and semantics for the NSEC RR based on the specification in RFC 2535
   [2] and as updated by RFC TCR [3], thereby not introducing changes
   except for the syntax of the type bit map.

   [Editors note: this is the text that is to be copied into
   draft-ietf-dnssec-dnssec-records]

   This document updates RFC 2535 [2] and RFC TCR [3].

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [1].

2. The NSEC Resource Record

   The NSEC resource record lists two separate things: the owner name of
   the next authoritative RRset in the canonical ordering of the zone,
   and the set of RR types present at the NSEC RR's owner name.  The
   complete set of NSEC RRs in a zone both indicate which authoritative
   RRsets exist in a zone and also form a chain of authoritative owner
   names in the zone.  This information is used to provide authenticated
   denial of existence for DNS data, as described in RFC 2535 [2].




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   The type value for the NSEC RR is 47.

   The NSEC RR is class independent.

   The NSEC RR has no special TTL requirements.

2.1 NSEC RDATA Wire Format

   The RDATA of the NSEC RR is as shown below:

                        1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   /                      Next Domain Name                         /
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
   /                   List of Type Bit Map(s)                     /
   +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+


2.1.1 The Next Domain Name Field

   The Next Domain Name field contains the owner name of the next
   authoritative RRset in the canonical ordering of the zone. The value
   of the Next Domain Name field in the last NSEC record in the zone is
   the name of the zone apex (the owner name of the zone's SOA RR).

   A sender MUST NOT use DNS name compression on the Next Domain Name
   field when transmitting an NSEC RR.  A receiver which receives an
   NSEC RR containing a compressed Next Domain Name field SHOULD
   decompress the field value.

   Owner names of RRsets not authoritative for the given zone (such as
   glue records) MUST NOT be listed in the Next Domain Name unless at
   least one authoritative RRset exists at the same owner name.

2.1.2 The List of Type Bit Map(s) Field

   The List of Type Bit Map(s) Field identifies the RRset types which
   exist at the NSEC RR's owner name and uses a simple windowed bitmap
   encoding.  It is a logical extension to the encoding used by NXT [2]
   and is designed to be both efficient and easy to implement without
   errors.

   The type space is split into into 256 window blocks.  Each block that
   has at least one active type is encoded using a window octet (from 0
   to 255), a bitmap length octet (from 1 to 32) and a bitmap (covering
   up to 256 type codes) in network bit order (similar to NXT).  Blocks
   with no types present MUST NOT be included.  Trailing zero octets in



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   the bitmap MUST be removed. Blocks is presented in increasing
   numerical order.


        "|" denotes concatenation

        NSEC RDATA = ( Window Block # | Bitmap Length | Bitmap ) +

   A zone MUST NOT generate an NSEC RR for any domain name that only
   holds glue records.

   Bits representing pseudo-RR types MUST be set to 0, since they do not
   appear in zone data.  If encountered, they must be ignored upon
   reading.

2.1.3 Inclusion of Wildcard Names in NSEC RDATA

   If a wildcard owner name appears in a zone, the wildcard label ("*")
   is treated as a literal symbol and is treated the same as any other
   owner name for purposes of generating NSEC RRs. Wildcard owner names
   appear in the Next Domain Name field without any wildcard expansion.
   RFC 2535 [2] describes the impact of wildcards on authenticated
   denial of existence.

2.2 The NSEC RR Presentation Format

   The presentation format of the RDATA portion is as follows:

   The Next Domain Name field is represented as a domain name.

   The Type Bit Map field is represented either as a sequence of RR type
   mnemonics or as a sequence of unsigned decimal integers denoting the
   RR type codes.

2.3 NSEC RR Example

   The following NSEC RR identifies the RRsets associated with
   alfa.example.com. and identifies the next authoritative name after
   alfa.example.com.

   alfa.example.com. 86400 IN NSEC host.example.com. A MX RRSIG NSEC

   The first four text fields specify the name, TTL, Class, and RR type
   (NSEC).  The entry host.example.com. is the next authoritative name
   after alfa.example.com. in canonical order. The A, MX, RRSIG and NSEC
   mnemonics indicate there are A, MX, RRSIG and NSEC RRsets associated
   with the name alfa.example.com.




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   Assuming that the resolver can authenticate this NSEC record, it
   could be used to prove that beta.example.com does not exist, or could
   be used to prove there is no AAAA record associated with
   alfa.example.com.  Authenticated denial of existence is discussed in
   RFC 2535 [2].

3. IANA Considerations

   This document introduces no new IANA considerations, because all of
   the protocol parameters used in this document have already been
   assigned by RFC TCR [3].

4. Security Considerations

   The change introducted here does not affect security, since it only
   updates the RDATA format and encoding.

Normative References

   [1]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement
        Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [2]  Eastlake, D., "Domain Name System Security Extensions", RFC
        2535, March 1999.

   [3]  Weiler, S., "Legacy Resolver Compatibility for Delegation
        Signer", draft-ietf-dnsext-dnssec-2535typecode-change-05 (work
        in progress), October 2003.

Informational References

   [4]  Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - concepts and facilities", STD
        13, RFC 1034, November 1987.

   [5]  Mockapetris, P., "Domain names - implementation and
        specification", STD 13, RFC 1035, November 1987.


Author's Address

   Jakob Schlyter (editor)
   Karl Gustavsgatan 15
   Goteborg  SE-411 25
   Sweden

   EMail: jakob@schlyter.se





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Appendix A. Acknowledgements

   The encoding described in this document was initially proposed by
   Mark Andrews.  Other encodings where proposed by David Blacka and
   Michael Graff.














































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