Fedora 22 Looks To Have A Default Local DNS Resolver
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 13 January 2015 at 04:45 AM EST. 7 Comments
FEDORA --
After it didn't pan out for Fedora 21, Fedora developers are now looking at having a default local DNS resolver used by Fedora 22 as one of its new features.

One of the latest feature proposals for F22 to be volleyed to the Fedora devel list is over having a default local DNS resolver, a feature that took aim for F21 but didn't materialize in time.

The Fedora feature change page for this item explains, "There are growing instances of discussions and debates about the need for a trusted DNSSEC validating local resolver running on 127.0.0.1:53. There are multiple reasons for having such a resolver, importantly security & usability. Security & protection of user's privacy becomes paramount with the backdrop of the increasingly snooping governments and service providers world wide. People use Fedora on portable/mobile devices which are connected to diverse networks as and when required. The automatic DNS configurations provided by these networks are never trustworthy for DNSSEC validation. As currently there is no way to establish such trust. Apart from trust, these name servers are often known to be flaky and unreliable. Which only adds to the overall bad and at times even frustrating user experience. In such a situation, having a trusted local DNS resolver not only makes sense but is in fact badly needed. It has become a need of the hour. Going forward, as DNSSEC and IPv6 networks become more and more ubiquitous, having a trusted local DNS resolver will not only be imperative but be unavoidable. Because it will perform the most important operation of establishing trust between two parties. All DNS literature strongly recommends it. And amongst all discussions and debates about issues involved in establishing such trust, it is unanimously agreed upon and accepted that having a trusted local DNS resolver is the best solution possible. It'll simplify and facilitate lot of other design decisions and application development in future."

This security-oriented change should make it in time for the May release of Fedora 22, which is also bringing many other changes to Fedora.
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