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Afnic and .SE release Zonemaster – new key tool improving Internet resilience

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02/03/2015

After a successful one-year partnership between Afnic and .SE, Zonemaster, the new DNS (Domain Name System) checking tool, is released today.
As a successor to the well-known ZoneCheck and DNSCheck tools (respectively by Afnic and .SE), Zonemaster aims to become a world-class reference instrument for DNS checking.

 

The DNS being an essential infrastructure for Internet communications, regularly checking the technical quality of Internet domain names is key to improving the resilience of the global Internet.

Zonemaster by .SE and Afnic (Logo)

Available to all as free software, Zonemaster can be alternatively used via a public web interface on http://www.zonemaster.net/ or in a local environment through a command-line or a graphical user interface, after downloading its components from https://github.com/dotse/zonemaster and installing them on a Unix machine.
The service is available in English, French and Swedish.

 

Zonemaster checks DNS servers and zones configuration against a set of tests based on Internet standards and best current practices to determine that they are correct. By running Zonemaster on a given DNS zone, potential issues related to misconfigurations or security mechanisms (such as DNSSEC) are detected, thus helping avoid degradation or entire unreachability of Internet communication services based on that DNS zone.

Testimonials

  • For Mathieu WEILL, CEO of Afnic: 
    We are proud of providing the Internet community with Zonemaster, as a state-of -the-art checking tool for Internet domain names. We hope that the DNS community will make the most of it to contribute to a safer and more resilient Internet infrastructure.
  • For Danny AERTS, CEO of .SE: 

 “Thanks to our previous knowledge and thanks to the good effort of the experienced  joint .SE and Afnic project team our efforts have been leveraged to create the software in a much higher quality and in shorter time than otherwise possible.

About .SE

.SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) is an independent organization that promotes the positive development of the internet in Sweden.
.SE is responsible for the internet’s Swedish top level domain, .se, including the registration of domain names, and the administration and technical maintenance of the national domain-name registry.
The surplus from domain name registration support projects that contribute to internet development in Sweden, both through its own operations and through financing of independent projects.
Read more at https://www.iis.se