BIND 9.8.0a1 is the first alpha release of BIND 9.8.

This document summarizes changes from BIND 9.7 to BIND 9.8. Please see the CHANGES file in the source code release for a complete list of all changes.


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New Features


  • BIND 9.8.0 now has partial DNS64 support (we synthesize AAAA records). [RT #21991]

Feature Changes


  • There is a new option in dig, +onesoa, that allows the final SOA record in an AXFR response to be suppressed. [RT #20929
  • There is additional information displayed in the recursing log (qtype, qclass, qid and whether we are following the original name). [RT #22043]

Security Fixes



Bug Fixes


  • For Mac OS X, you can now have the test interfaces used during "make test" stay beyond reboot. See bin/tests/system/README for details.
  • Failure to read OpenSSL configuration file does not cause BIND utilities such as dig to fail. [RT #20668]
  • nsupdate will now preserve the entered case of domain names in update requests it sends. [RT #20928]

Known issues in this release

  • None.

Thank You

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