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Source: Dark Reading - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Latest News With the landmark deployment of DNSSEC in the root a little over a month ago and the acceleration of top-level domains (TLDs) jumping onto the DNSSEC bandwagon through the end of this year and 2011, a big question remains: what does this protocol improvement mean for the digital certificate market? DNSSEC offers essential changes to the Internet name space infrastructure that will enable future Internet architects to ensure that a domain is what it claims to be. But that doesn't mean certificates will fall by the wayside.

"Some people in our community believe that now with DNSSEC, certificate authorities don't matter anymore," says Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist for Recursion Ventures and the researcher best known for two years ago blowing the lid off a major DNS vulnerability that would enable attackers to easily perform cache poisoning attacks. "I tell you nothing could be further from the truth. Certificate authorities are now so much more important than they've ever been."

Russ Housley, chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), concurs. "The DNS memory becomes a vector providing the authenticated integrity-protected path for these certificates," Housley says. "We'll be working in the future with that in mind. So I think you need to think of these as complements."

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