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BIND (HP-UX NameServer)

Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) (also referred as HP-UX NameServer) is a distributed database service that resolves host names and enables internetwork mail. It is a distributed network information lookup service that maps host names to Internet addresses, and maps Internet addresses to host names.

Obsolescence plan for BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3 on HP-UX 11i v3:

  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3 on HP-UX 11i v3 will reach end of support (EoS) on August/31/2015.
  • HP recommends you to migrate to the latest BIND (HP-UX NameServer) version 9.9.4.


  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.3.2 will not be supported on HP-UX 11i v3 after April 1, 2014, aligning to Fusion Release and this will only consist of fixes to critical defects.
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.3.2 will continue to be supported on HP-UX 11i v1 and 11i v2 till their respective support time-lines or until further notice.


  • HP recommends you to migrate to the latest BIND (HP-UX NameServer) version 9.9.4.

Table 1 lists the different web release versions of BIND (HP-UX NameServer) available on the HP-UX 11.0, 11i v1, 11i v2, and 11i v3 operating systems.

Table 1: Latest BIND (HP-UX NameServer) details, Web releases, versions, and their numbers

Product version number Operating system Bundle version number Release date
9.7.3 HP-UX 11i v3 C. September 2015
9.3.2 HP-UX 11i v2 C. August 2015
9.3.2 HP-UX 11i v1 C. August 2015
9.9.4 HP-UX 11i v3 C. August 2015
9.3.2 HP-UX 11i v3 C. December 2012

BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.9.4 features:

  • DNS64 and DNS64 reverse support
  • Response Rate Limiting (RRL) support for the RFC 6742 ILNP record types (NID, LP, L32, and L64)
  • Response policy zones (RPZ)
  • New command dnssec-verify(1) to ensure correctness of signatures and of NSEC/NSEC3 ECDSA support
  • Support for the EUI48 and EUI64 RR types
  • New configuration option "max-rsa-exponent-size <value>;"
  • Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm keys and signatures in DNSSEC are now supported per RFC 6605
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) now recognizes the TLSA resource record type, created to support IETF DANE
  • RFC 1918 reverse zones have been added to the empty-zones table per RFC 6303 Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) resource records
  • "auto-dnssec" zones can now have NSEC3 parameters set prior to signing
  • New "rndc signing" command provides greater visibility and control of the automatic DNSSEC signing process
  • NXDOMAIN redirection
  • New "inline-signing" option to sign zone completely transparently
  • New zone type "static-stub"
  • Support for Response Policy Zones
  • Support IETF DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities)
  • Support for Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm keys and signatures in in DNSSEC per RFC 6605
  • Named now retains GSS-TSIG keys across restarts

Note: For more information, on available documents for BIND (HP-UX NameServer), see the following list of documents:

  • BIND 9.9 Administration Reference Manual
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.9.4 Release Notes
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3 Release Notes

BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3 features:

  • Fully automatic signing of zones by named
  • Simplified configuration of DNSSEC Look-aside Validation (DLV)
  • Simplified configuration of Dynamic DNS, using the ddns-confgen command line tool or the local update-policy option
  • New named option attach-cache that allows multiple views to share a single cache
  • DNS rebinding attack prevention
  • New default values for dnssec-keygen parameters
  • Support for RFC 5011 automated trust anchor maintenance
  • Smart signing: simplified tools for zone signing and key maintenance
  • Named and other binaries can now print out a stack back-trace on assertion failure, to aid in debugging
  • Full NSEC3 support
  • Automatic zone re-signing
  • Randomize server selection on queries
  • Specify max sockets on named command line
  • Convenient syntax for already existing options like query-source, server statement in rndc.conf
  • More detailed statistics counters
  • Faster ACL processing and efficient LRU cache cleaning mechanism
  • GSS-TSIG support (RFC 3645)
  • Implementation of additional section caching
  • New acl option allow-query-cache
  • Additional fields for already existing options like ixfr-from-differences
  • Journal file names are configurable
  • New control options for rndc like notify, sign, validation and query-log
  • Error messages are now more informative
  • Scope of some ACL (example, allow-update) was changed in named.conf
  • New options to control behavior of DNS NOTIFY
  • UNIX domain controls channel are now supported
  • Introduction of new zone-file format to enhance loading performance
  • Extended post zone load checks. New configuration options for same
  • Dig now has new options
  • Recursive clients for same query can now be controlled with new configuration options
  • Automatic empty zone are now fully covered as mentioned in RFC 1918 zones
  • New update-policy fields added
  • New algorithms support
  • The EDNS response/reply sizes can now be configured
  • Defaults have been changed for some configuration and binary options
  • DNSSEC validation is set by default and can be unset explicitly
  • SPF (Sender Policy Framework) support
  • Support for new resource records
  • New binaries have been added

BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.3.2 features:

  • DNS Security (DNSSEC) implementation based on RFC 4033, 4034, and 4035
  • Support for the domain
  • New method of listing master servers
  • New options in the Options statement
  • New option to configure the ordering of records
  • New option to set the advertised EDNS UDP buffer size
  • New option to restrict the character set of domain names
  • New options to enable and disable incremental zone transfer (IXFR)
  • Transition support for IPv4 and IPv6
  • New command in the rndc utility
  • New option in the zone statement
  • New command-line options
  • Supports RFC 4193 (Unique Local IPv6 Unicast Addresses)

BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.2.0 features:

  • Incremental zone transfer
  • DNSSEC dynamic DNS update
  • Transaction Signature (TSIG)-based security
  • Lightweight resolver library and daemon
  • Improved logging mechanism
  • Extended configuration syntax and options
  • New options in options, zone, and server statements
  • The named.checkconf utility to check the syntax of the /etc/named.conf file
  • The named-checkzone utility to check the syntax and consistency of a zone's content
  • The rndc utility to control the operation of a name server
  • The rndc-confgen utility to generate the configuration file for rndc


Table 2 lists the Manpages that are distributed with the BIND (HP-UX NameServer) software depot.

Table 2: BIND (HP-UX NameServer) Manpages




Domain information groper


Key generation tool for DNSSEC


Program used to produce a set of DNS keys


DNSSEC key-set signing tool


Tool to sign the DNSSEC zone


DNS lookup utility


Program used to translate host table to name server file format


Lightweight resolver daemon


The named configuration file syntax checking tool


Zone validity checking tool


Configuration file for named daemon


Internet domain name server


Program used to query name servers interactively


Dynamic DNS update utility


The rndc key generation tool


Name server control utility


The rndc configuration file


Program used to send signals to the name server


Utility to translate IP addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) the corresponding IN-ADDR.ARPA or IP6.ARPA names.


Tool to generate a key for use by nsupdate and named.


DNSSEC DS RR generation tool


Tool to set the key timing meta-data for a DNSSEC key


Tool to set the REVOKED bit on a DNSSEC key

dnssec-verify.1*** Tool to verify DNSSEC zones


Tool to generate a file containing random data


Fixes HMAC keys generated by older versions of BIND (HP-UX NameServer)


Zone validity checking tool


Utility to print zone journal in human-readable form


Tool to generate an NSEC3 hash based on a set of NSEC3 parameters

* Not available in BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.3.2

** Newly added Manpages in BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3

*** Newly added Manpages in BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.9.4

Note: A 64-bit binary is created for named(1m)on HP-UX 11i v2 operating system.

The following documents provide additional information on installing and configuring BIND (HP-UX NameServer):

  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.9.4 Release Notes
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.7.3 Release Notes
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.3.2 Release Notes
  • BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.2.0 Release Notes
  • HP-UX IP Address and Client Management Administrator's Guide
  • BIND 9.9 Administrator Reference Manual

These documents are available at:

Note: For complete list of changes and more details about the defect fixes, see “Release Notes” documents of BIND 9.9.x and BIND 9.8.x, available at

On this page, select one of the following links depending on the operating system version used:

  • HP-UX 11i v1 Networking Software
  • HP-UX 11i v2 Networking Software
  • HP-UX 11i v3 Networking Software

The version of BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.2.0 Release Notes is also distributed with the BIND (HP-UX NameServer) 9.2.0 software depot.

It is available at: /usr/example/bind/Releasenotes.pdf

Software Depot Pages content updates note:

Content for this page is updated in September 2015, for the latest Web Release (WEB1509).

Additional product information
Product #: BIND
Version: 9.2.0/9.3.2/9.7.3/9.9.4
Software specification: HP-UX 11.11 (DNSUPGRADE_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
HP-UX 11.31 (HPUX-NameServer_C.
BIND HPUX-NameServer 9.9.4 Release Notes (761997-007.pdf)
BIND HPUX-NameServer 9.7.3 Release Notes (834957-002.pdf)
BIND 9.9 Administrator Reference Manual (BIND_9_Administrator_Reference.pdf)
BIND DNSUPGRADE 9.3.2 Release Notes (839997-001.pdf)