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By default, the NIOS appliance returns resource records, including AAAA records, in response to DNS queries. You can enable the appliance to filter and remove AAAA records in response to queries received over IPv4 for each name server and DNS view. This feature is useful in a configuration where a client issues a DNS query over IPv4 when it does not have the ability to use an IPv6 address. When a response returns an IPv6 address however, the client that sends the query over an IPv4 transport would lose connectivity. By enabling AAAA filtering, you can configure your name server not to return AAAA records to clients that request queries over an IPv4 transport. Presumably, these clients then re-query the name server for A records for the same domain name.
Depending on your configuration, the appliance can remove AAAA records for all queries over IPv4 (even when DNSSEC is enabled), or only for queries that are not DNSSEC-signed. You can also create a list of IPv4 networks and addresses to which the appliance applies AAAA filtering and vice versa. You can enable and configure AAAA filtering for the Grid, members, and DNS views.
To control whether you want the appliance to return AAAA records for queries sent over IPv4, you must first enable AAAA filtering, and then create a list of IPv4 networks and addresses that allow or deny AAAA filtering from the appliance, as described in Enabling AAAA Filtering.


Note: An AAAA record is filtered only when there is also an A record for the same domain name. In this case, the appliance still sends a response, but without any AAAA or A record in it. When a client queries for an AAAA record and there is no corresponding A record for it, the appliance returns the AAAA record even if you have enabled AAAA filtering for this client.



Enabling AAAA Filtering

To enable AAAA filtering and configure a list of IPv4 networks and addresses:

  1. Grid: From the Data Management tab, select the DNS tab, expand the Toolbar and click Grid DNS Properties.
    Member: From the Data Management tab, select the DNS tab > Members tab -> member check box -> Edit icon.
    DNS View: From the Data Management tab, click the DNS tab -> Zones tab> dns_view check box -> Edit icon.
    To override Grid settings, click Override and complete the appropriate fields.
  2. In the editor, click the Queries tab and complete the following:
    Enable AAAA Filtering: From the drop-down list, select one of the following:
    • Break DNSSEC: Select this to remove AAAA records in response to queries sent over IPv4, including those that are signed by DNSSEC.

      Note: Be aware that when you select this option, DNSSEC configuration will no longer be in effect. 

    • No: Select this to disable AAAA filtering for queries over IPv4. When you select this, the appliance returns AAAA records in response to all DNS queries issued over IPv4. This is selected by default.
    • Yes: Select this to enable AAAA filtering for queries over IPv4. When you select this, the appliance removes AAAA records in response to all DNS queries issued over IPv4, except for DNSSEC-signed requests.
  3. In the AAAA Filtering section, select one of the following:
    • None: Select this if you do not want to configure access control for AAAA filtering. The appliance allows all clients to issue DNS queries over IPv4 when they do not have the ability to use IPv6 addresses. This is selected by default.
    • Named ACL: Select this and click Select Named ACL to select a named ACL. Grid Manager displays the Named ACLs Selector. Select the named ACL you want to use. If you have only one named ACL, Grid Manager automatically displays the named ACL. When you select this, the appliance allows clients that have the Allow permission can filter AAAA responses. You can click Clear to remove the selected named ACL.
    • Set of ACEs: Select this to configure individual ACEs. Click the Add icon and select one of the following from the drop-down list. Depending on the item you select, Grid Manager either adds a row for the selected item or expands the panel so you can specify additional information about the item you are adding, as follows.
      • IPv4 Address: Select this to add an IPv4 address. Click the Value field and enter the IP address of the client. The Permission column displays Allow by default. You can change it to Deny by clicking the field and selecting Deny from the drop-down list. When you select Allow, the appliance applies AAAA filtering and removes AAAA records in response to queries sent by the specified IPv4 address. When you select Deny, the appliance does not apply AAAA filtering and thus returns AAAA records.
      • IPv4  Network: In the Add  IPv4  Network panel, complete the following, and then click Add to add the network to the list:
      • Address: Enter an IPv4 network address and either type a netmask or move the slider to the desired netmask.
      • Permission: Select Allow or Deny from the drop-down list.
    • Any Address/Network: Select to allow or deny AAAA filtering from any IP addresses.
      After you have added access control entries, you can do the following:
    • Select the ACEs that you want to consolidate and put into a new named ACL. Click the Create new named ACL icon and enter a name in the Convert to Named ACL dialog box. The appliance creates a new named ACL and adds it to the Named ACL panel. Note that the ACEs you configure for this operation stay intact.
    • Reorder the list of ACEs using the up and down arrows next to the table.
    • Select an ACE and click the Edit icon to modify the entry.
    • Select an ACE and click the Delete icon to delete the entry. You can select multiple ACEs for deletion.

Note: Note that if you do not enter any addresses or networks in the table, the appliance applies AAAA filtering to all IPv4 clients. In other words, the appliance removes AAAA records in responses to all queries sent over IPv4. 


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