On Modern DNS Behavior and Properties

TitleOn Modern DNS Behavior and Properties
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCallahan, T., Allman M., & Rabinovich M.
Published inACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
Other Numbers3516

The Internet crucially depends on the Domain Name System (DNS) to both allow users to interact with the system in human-friendly terms and also increasingly as a way to direct traffic to the best content replicas at the instant the content is requested. This paper is an initial study into the behavior and properties of the modern DNS system. We passively monitor DNS and related traffic within a residential network in an effort to understand server behavior--as viewed through DNS responses and client behavior--as viewed through both DNS requests and traffic that follows DNS responses. We present an initial set of wide ranging findings.


This work was partially supported by funding provided to ICSI through National Science Foundation grants CNS : 0831535 (“Comprehensive Application Analysis and Control”); CNS : 0831780 ("Collaborative Research: Relationship-Oriented Networking"); and CNS : 1213157 ("User-Centric Network Measurement"). Additional funding was provided through National Science Foundation grant CNS : 0831821 ("Relationship-Oriented Networking"). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Bibliographic Notes

ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 8-15

Abbreviated Authors

T. Callahan, M. Allman, and M. Rabinovich

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in journal or magazine