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Privacy Protection: DNS Daemon Stubby Making Progress

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

            Stubby in Action: If the software is installed and enabled, it will change the DNS configuration to receive the DNS requests from the operating system itself (they will go to local IP addresses or, for IPv6, :: 1) , This will then pass it on TLS-encrypted.
             The development is still in its infancy, but in the meantime, there are two tools for macOS and Android, with which you can use a privacy-friendly DNS simply by clicking.


        The open source DNS privacy daemon named Stubby first appeared with a graphical interface for macOS. Stubby is also being developed for other operating systems and sends TLS-encrypted DNS requests to suitable resolvers. Thus, the software contributes to more privacy in Internet communication. Because common stub resolvers built into the operating system send DNS requests unencrypted, so that one can easily read which web pages the sender of the DNS request visits.
Stubby uses the DNS over TLS specification of the Internet Engineering Task Force (RFC 7858). The technique requires resolvers that accept TLS encrypted requests. And of course, such resolvers are only helpful if the operators do not log users' DNS requests. A list was published by the operators of the project "DNS-Privacy" on their website.
For the time being only for test purposes So far, especially Sara Dickinson and the partners of the DNS Privacy Project worked on the secure stub resolver for PCs. It is a preview version, an "alpha release of version 0.1.0," Dickinson underlined in an email to heise online. So far the software has been tested on macOS Sierra and High Sierra.
At several points, it still has to be filed, so that the software is by no means suitable for productive operation: The sleep mode can throw Stubby off track and sometimes he is confused with no influence from outside. What you can do then describes the developer in the Known Issues area on the download page of the software. Other important steps in the development are the clear distinction of the strict privacy mode (only encrypted) from the opportunistic (if available). Also, the transparency is to be improved when changing the network configuration. Later, there will also be a GUI for Stubby on Windows and Linux.
DNS privacy for AndroidAndroid users can test DNS over TLS for a few weeks now. The software comes from the keyboards of Erik Kline and Ben Schwarz (both are Google employees) and is available on its website. After downloading, users can choose between three options: privacy mode, opportunistic mode or privacy-off mode – ie standard operation without encryption.
At the recent meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the authors were able to access the TLS-enabled server of their colleague Warren Kumari for a demonstration. If you want to test the software in the wild, you can set one of the resolvers from the DNS privacy project list in the Android device.
DNS privacy for the home network The DNS resolvers Unbound, Knot and BIND have been implementing the RFC 7858 for some time and are running stably. All three are designed only for command line control. How to set up Unbound with DNS privacy on a Raspi for a whole network, for example, is explained step by step by the c't article "Privacy by Tunnel".
 (Monika Ermert) /




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