IIS donates PacketQ software and $5000 to DNS-OARC

PacketQ, an analysis tool used to inspect DNS traffic, was developed by The Internet Foundation in Sweden, IIS, and maintained until 2014. IIS has now donated the program to the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center, DNS-OARC.

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“Ensuring the community has robust well-maintained open-source tools to help better understand the operation of the DNS is a key part of OARC’s mission. We are pleased to add PacketQ to our family of DNS software tools, and to provide a secure future for it in our established development environment”, said Keith Mitchell, President, OARC Inc.

PacketQ was developed by IIS to be able to do analysis of DNS traffic and trivially answer questions such as: Why do we have so much DNS traffic right now? Who is sending all of the queries? What are the queries being sent? The output from PacketQ can be used to create useful diagrams and even analyze traffic abnormalities.

PacketQ was transferred to DNS-OARC on Sunday the 14th of May at the 26th DNS-OARC conference in Madrid by Roger Murray and Ulrich Wisser, DNS Specialists at The Internet Foundation in Sweden, IIS.

“We are happy to find a home for PacketQ that will provide the opportunity for it to continue to be available for the DNS community, and for further development in the capable hands of the DNS-OARC organization”, said Roger Murray, IIS.


PacketQ was developed and maintained by IIS up to 2014

DNS-OARC has taken over ownership of the program and will:

– Publish the source code in OARC’s public github repository

– Review and resolve outstanding issue reports

– Resolve un-merged pull requests

– Create and maintain a continuous testing environment

– Build packages for use on major OS distributions

– Maintain this software on an ongoing basis

The Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC) is a non-profit, membership organization that seeks to improve the security, stability, and understanding of the Internet’s DNS infrastructure. Read more: https://www.dns-oarc.net/oarc/mission

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IIS (The Internet Foundation In Sweden) is an independent organization for the benefit of the public that promotes the positive development of the internet in Sweden. For more information on The Internet Foundation in Sweden please visit: https://www.iis.se/english/about-iis.

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