[ksk-rollover] Any potential correlation between the roll over and the recent notice by the US Department of Homeland Security on DNS Cyber Attacks?

Lee Neubecker lee.neubecker at greatlakesforensics.com
Fri Jan 25 19:31:49 UTC 2019

I wanted to make sure you were all aware of several notices issued which 
came just before and after the root key change over for DNS. Bad actors 
with access to the older private key root (if compromised) may have been 
motivated to strike before the key change over.


This alert went out the day before change over on January 10th, 2019. 

This alert on January 22nd, 2019 https://cyber.dhs.gov/ed/19-01/

This alert was issued yesterday 

The timing of this change over taking place roughly 2+ weeks after the 
U.S. Government Shutdown is a little unfortunate, since the switch over 
date may have encouraged attacks before the old key was revoked.  I do 
think the re-key is a good idea, and agree with Tony Finch on the 
concept of

"[I favour annual rollovers, with keys generated and promulgated out
of band a few years in advance, and at most two KSKs in the root zone at
any time.]"

I welcome any comments.

Lee Neubecker, CISSP
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