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DNS in Action: A detailed and practical guide to DNS implementation, configuration, and administration Paperback – April 5, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1904811787 ISBN-10: 1904811787

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Libor Dost¿lek was born in 1957 in Prague, Europe. He graduated in mathematics at the Charles University in Prague. Since last 20 years he has been involved in ICT architecture and security. His experiences as the IT architect and the hostmaster of one of the first European Internet Service Providers have been used while writing this publication. Later he became an IT architect of one of the first home banking applications fully based on the PKI architecture, and also an IT architect of one of the first GSM banking applications (mobile banking). As a head consultant, he designed the architecture of several European public certification service providers (certification authorities) and also many e-commerce and e-banking applications. The public knows him either as an author of many publications about TCP/IP and security or as a teacher. He taught at various schools as well as held various commercial courses. At present, he lectures on Cryptology at the Charles University in Prague. Nowadays, he is an employee of Siemens.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geoff S. on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
According to the title page of this book, it is an English translation

of a Czech book (ISBN 80-722-6675-6) published in 2003, apparently from

a manuscript completed in 2001 (based on the dates used in the


The content has not been appreciably updated, if it's been updated at

all. For example, in Section 3.5.1 and 3.5.2, the book discusses AAAA

and A6 resource records, noting "The use of the AAAA record will not

prevail in the future, though". However, the IETF moved the A6 record

to EXPERIMENTAL status in 2001 (!), effectively deprecating it in favor

of AAAA. In fact, the book is dangerously out-of-date, as it has an

extensive treatment of BIND 4 without anywhere noting that the

ISC -- the maintainer of BIND -- deprecated BIND 4 in 1997. (BIND 4 is

now widely regarded as unsafe for use in a production environment.)

The woefully dated content isn't the only problem. The translation

from Czech is sloppy, with many typographical errors and awkward

sentences. There are many artifacts from what was presumably initially

a machine translation. There are also quite a few minor inaccuracies,

and negligible coverage of security issues (other than a section on an

obsoleted version DNSSEC).

In short, I cannot warn strongly enough against this book. It's

inadequate, even as a primer. I would recommend one of these

immeasurably better books on DNS for anyone at any level

seeking to learn more about DNS:

- Pro DNS and BIND, by Ron Aitchison

(ISBN 1590594940)

- DNS and BIND (5th Edition), by Cricket Liu and Paul Albitz

(ISBN 0596100574)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Dickinson on July 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I got this book I flicked to the section on DNSSEC in order to see how up to date this book is. I was horrified to see that the whole section is based on RFC 2535. This is now obsolete and has been replaced by RFC's 4033, 4034 and 4035. These new RFC's had been out for a year by the time this book was published.
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