June 09, 2008 09:00 ET

ISC Enhances Interoperability and Management With BIND 9.5

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Internet Systems Consortium, Inc., a leader in Internet infrastructure software, has released version 9.5 of BIND, its industry standard Domain Name System (DNS) software. With over 18 months of development and testing, BIND 9.5 provides several internal processing improvements and feature additions, including an optional XML-based statistics channel and interoperability with Active Directory. BIND 9.5 is available for download today from Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. (ISC) at

DNS technology is used to convert recognizable or human-readable names such as website domain names and email addresses to computer network addresses. ISC's BIND software is the most complete reference implementation of the DNS protocol. BIND is the most widely used DNS software which comes with a server, a caching resolver and support tools. Features include DNSSEC for assuring the authenticity of DNS data, IPv6 capabilities and Dynamic DNS support. BIND 9.5 is available at no charge under a non-restrictive BSD license. It runs on various UNIX platforms and Windows 2000/XP/2003 binaries are available.

"The new statistics feature provides basic data about the health of a BIND 9 server and is intended for DNS administrators to access," said Joao Damas, ISC BIND Product Manager. "The data is available in XML and we look forward to the community creating tools and monitoring applications to take advantage of and enhance this feature. What is available today was based upon requests from the BIND user bases and ISC Forum members."

In BIND 9.5, ISC has made major improvements to the internal housekeeping tasks related to caching resolvers, with significant improvements in speed and responsiveness for servers that serve a large number of client machines and/or have a large DNS cache. The release also provides support for DNS within Active Directory. BIND 9.5 implements the GSS-TSIG authentication mechanism used with DNS dynamic update in Microsoft Active Directory. BIND 9.5 makes fallback from EDNS to plain DNS more visible and can help identify broken servers, firewalls, and networks. EDNS is required for digitally signed DNS answers using DNSSEC.

"Community support is critical for an application that is at the heart of the Internet. Whether it be testing pre-release versions of BIND, suggesting new features, contributing changes to BIND or donations enabling ISC to meet our goals of providing quality open source software, we are grateful for the participation," stated Paul Vixie, president and founder of ISC. "Relevance is essential and the community keeps us on track."

About ISC

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) ISC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation with a long history of developing and maintaining the production quality Open Source software -- BIND and DHCP. ISC has increased its focus to include enhancing the stability of the global DNS directly through reliable F-root nameserver operations and ongoing operation of a DNS crisis coordination center, ISC's OARC for DNS. ISC is also engaged with further protocol development efforts, particularly in the areas of DNS evolution and facilitating the transition to IPv6. ISC is supported by the donations of generous sponsors, program membership fees and specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please visit our website at

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