PowerDNS Authoritative Server 4.0.0-alpha2 released

Feb 25, 2016

We’re pleased to announce the second alpha release of the PowerDNS Authoritative Server version 4.0.0. This release is the first release to use OpenSSL for nearly all crypto-primitives (GOST is still provided by Botan) and has a breaking change in the API compared to alpha 1. A list of new features of the upcoming 4.0.0 release is available on our documentation website.

Notable changes since 4.0.0-alpha1:

  • #3037 Remove superfluous gsql queries and stop relying on schema defaults
  • #3176, #3139 OpenSSL support (Christian Hofstaedtler and Kees Monshouwer)
  • #3128 ECDSA support to DNSSEC infra via OpenSSL (Kees Monshouwer)
  • #3281, #3283, #3363 Remove Crypto++ and mbedTLS support
  • #3298 Implement pdnsutil create-zone zone nsname, add-record, delete-rrset, replace-rrset
  • #3407 API: Permit wildcard manipulation (Aki Tuomi)
  • #3230 API: drop JSONP, add web security headers (Christian Hofstaedtler)
  • #3428 API: Fix zone/records design mistake (Christian Hofstaedtler)

Bug fixes

  • #3124 Fix several bugs with introduced with the change to a single signing key (e.g. the SEP bit is set on these single keys)
  • #3151 Catch DNSName build errors in dynhandler (Christian Hofstaedtler)
  • #3264 GeoIP backend: Use correct id numbers for domains (Aki Tuomi)
  • #3271 ZoneParser: Throw PDNSException on too many SOA data elements
  • #3302 Fix bindbackend’s feedRecord to handle being slave for the root
  • #3399 Report OpenSSL RSA keysize in bits (Kees Monshouwer)


  • #3119 Show DNSSEC keys for slaved zone (Aki Tuomi)
  • #3255 Don’t log authentication errors before sending HTTP basic auth challenge (Jan Broer)
  • #3338 Add weight feature to GeoIP backend (Aki Tuomi)
  • #3364 Shrink PacketID by 10% by eliminating padding. (Andrew Nelless)
  • #3443 Many speedup and correctness fixes

Tarballs are available from downloads.powerdns.com and packages for popular distributions are available from our repositories.

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Pieter Lexis

Pieter Lexis

Senior Developer at PowerDNS

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