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TLSA records on OVH

DANE is a great way of improving security on the web by replacing SSL certificate authorities with DNS records signed by DNSSEC. Basically, the certificate (or its fingerprint) is contained in a TLSA record, with some paremeters that specify how clients should validate it.

It is also extremely simple to generate TLSA records for your domain using online tools such as (which, amusingly, is not TLSA-enabled…)

However, if you’re hosting your DNS zone on OVH (or any other provider with a version of BIND that does not support the TLSA RRtype), it gets a little bit more complicated: adding a TLSA record to your zone will make the web interface complain that this RRtype is unknown.

EDIT: OVH now supports TLSA! See the update below.

However it is still possible to add TLSA records to OVH by using a “generic”, numeric RRtype. The format however is quite different. But it can be easily created using the tlsa tool included in hash-slinger:

$ tlsa --usage 1 --selector 1 --mtype 1 --output generic --certificate /path/to/certificate.pem IN TYPE52 \# 35 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef012345

(Be sure to read the tlsa doc to understand what usage, selector and mtype are. Arch Linux users: hash-slinger is now available on the AUR.)

This record can then be added to the zone on OVH without any problem. By the way, my blog is now secured by DANE and TLSA, as demonstrated by the DNSSEC/TLSA-Validator Firefox add-on 😃


UPDATE: OVH now supports records with the TLSA type in its new Manager V6 when editing the zone in text mode. So now it’s possible to use the “RFC” output in tlsa:

$ tlsa --usage 1 --selector 1 --mtype 1 --output rfc --certificate /path/to/certificate.pem IN TLSA 1 1 1 0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef

Thanks @slashdevsda!