Saturday, February 1, 2014

DNSSEC/DANE/TLSA Browser Add-ons

The folks at CZ.NIC (the operators of the Czech Republic's country-code top level domain: .cz) have created a set of web browser add-ons to perform DNSSEC/DANE/TLSA validation. You can read about them and download them from their website:

        https://www.dnssec-validator.cz/

I installed the Firefox web browser plugin and did some quick tests of them on my own website. The plugin installs two new icons on the right side of the browser's location (URL) bar. The first with a key on it shows information about whether the domain name for the website has a valid DNSSEC signature associated with it. The second icon with a lock on it shows information about whether the TLS certificate of the website can be authenticated with a DANE TLSA record. Here are screenshots with my own website ( https://www.huque.com/ ).

In this first screenshot (below), I clicked on the key icon, and it reports that the 'www.huque.com'  domain name has a valid DNSSEC signature.


In the next screenshow (below), I clicked on the lock icon, and it reports that the certificate for www.huque.com has been successfully authenticated by means of a signed TLSA record.


In this case, since this is an HTTPS connection at the standard port (TCP port 443), the plugin looked for the TLSA record at the domain name "_443._tcp.www.huque.com."

    $ dig _443._tcp.www.huque.com. TLSA +noall +answer
   [...]
    _443._tcp.www.huque.com. 7200 IN TLSA 3 0 1 (
                    7EF4BD014E9A4F302FC1EE74FB2D29718C5B0F4CB23B
                    25B267A1D92F0410890B )
    _443._tcp.www.huque.com. 7200 IN RRSIG TLSA 8 5 7200 (
                    20140217205026 20140118205010 14703 huque.com.
                    NsUKFsBAUD4OxrHQ72iB0Oz9mBoMEqL8wMsks56sp2yz
                    3ksXcqGSddooC3jZvGH/4iF6ssD3KRNQVONJqpK246nX
                    jPhxBhM730TKEwMZRw/NRqYanRKyEMhkUy538suej0Pv
                    rK3w8r6tdNF4gXqIM3sQlz9gPY/WOu0zxjezaIk= )


Below is another screenshot for https://www.ietf.org/. In this case, the second icon has a cross marked on it, meaning that no TLSA record was found for this site. Apparently, the IETF is not yet eating its own dogfood. Although see this short slide deck from IETF'87 - there appears to be a proposal to do so.



There are a few configuration options that can be set for the add-on. Here is a view of the settings window:


The plug-in appears to do its own DNS resolution (and validation) by default. But you can also choose to use DNS resolvers configured for your system, or a customer resolver such as the Google public resolver (8.8.8.8).

If you need help creating a TLSA record for your website, I have a web based tool available here:

    https://www.huque.com/bin/gen_tlsa

One thing I should mention, in case you're looking at the configuration of my website: huque.com does not today have a secure delegation (i.e. DS record) published in its parent zone. This is because the registrar I use, Network Solutions, still cannot process requests to install DS records. I did quick check on their website (again) to see if anything's changed. Doesn't appear so:


Instead, I've had DLV record published in the ISC DLV Registry. But there are several big resolver services, like Google DNS, and Comcast, that do not perform lookaside validation, so it's probably time to switch registrars. If anyone has suggestions for competent DNSSEC enabled registrars (with registrar-lock support), I'd be happy to receive them. I hope to make the switch soon.

Dan York from ISOC also has an article on these addons here. (I started writing this before seeing his!)

--Shumon Huque


Addendum (May 2014): my domain huque.com now has a secure delegation from .COM.

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