22 Dec

DNS hack of Google, Facebook & more sites in .bd

Yesterday Google’s Bangladeshi website google.com.bd was hacked and this happened via DNS. It was reported on the bdNOG mailing list at morning in a thread started by Mr Omar Ali where he shared this screenshot:

 

 

This clearly shows how authoritative DNS for “com.bd.” (which is same as bd. btw) was poisoned and was reflecting attackers authoritative DNS. Later Mr Farhad Ahmed posted a screenshot of google.com.bd showing hackers page:

 

 

Later Mr Sumon Ahmed mentioned that it happened because web frontend of .bd was compromised. This was an interesting hijack as attacker attacked the key infrastructure of the registry instead of Google or Facebook servers. It’s also a warm reminder of the way DNS depends on the hierarchal structure by design and at this stage, we need to focus on DNSSEC to add on the security to the current system.

 

Lately .bd domain faced issues multiple time this year. I hope it will have a good stable time in the upcoming year. In terms of stability it is being backed by PCH’s anycast infrastructure but PCH’s DNS servers are just published in NS records of it’s existing auth servers, but not on the parent zone (which is root zone). Thus the point of failure remains and is yet to be fixed.

 

 

20 Aug

Bangladesh .bd TLD outage on 18th August 2016

 

outage

Day before yesterday i.e on 18th August 2016 Bangladesh’s TLD .bd went had an outage. It was originally reported by Jasim Alam on bdNOG mailing list.

 

His message shows that DNS resolution of BTCL (Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd) was failing. Later Alok Das that it was the power problem resulting in outage.

Let’s look ask one of 13 root DNS server about NS records on who has the delegation for .bd.

So two of out of these three seem to be on BTCL network and that too on same /24.

 

Let’s ping to all these three using NLNOG Ring node of bdHUB: bdhub01.ring.nlnog.net

So clearly all three servers are in Bangladesh/local as per super low latency from bdHUB node. From traces from outside India it’s quite unlikely of any other anycast node outside Bangladesh. This is a serious design issue. For a country’s TLD one should have much more resiliency.

My good friend Fakrul from APNIC mentioned on mailing list about PCH becoming secondary for .bd. Same is visible now in the authority NS records of the domain.

dig @dns.bd. bd. ns +short
jamuna.btcl.net.bd.
dns.bd.
bd-ns.anycast.pch.net.
surma.btcl.net.bd.

 

So once the same is added on root DNS servers, it will bring up bit more resiliency with PCH’s platform with large number of anycast nodes.

So what was impact of this outage?
Well, probably a lot. .bd TLD outage would have brought down a lot of websites running on .bd domain. Any fresh DNS lookup would have failed, any websites with lower TTL would have went down. As per bdIX traffic graph some disturbance is visible across that day.

bdix drop