Perfomance issue between 1.5.8-1ubuntu1.1 (xenial) and 1.6.7-1ubuntu2.1 (bionic)

Ralf Hildebrandt Ralf.Hildebrandt at
Mon Jun 25 09:43:54 UTC 2018

We're using unbound on our four proxy servers (and a hand-compiled,
current version of squid), which channel all outbound HTTP/HTTPS traffic.

Naturally, these machine do a lot of resolving.

Recently I upgraded the OS from xenial to bionic, and while everything
was working as expected I noticed a significant increase in the DNS
query times on those proxies.

Before the update (runnung unbound 1.5.8-1ubuntu1.1) we were seeing query
times around 20ms: After the upgrade (1.6.7-1ubuntu2.1) those rose to

See these graphs:

I then tinkered with different package versions -- tried upgrading to
1.7.3 (no change) and finally downgraded back to to 1.5.8-1ubuntu1.1 -
and the query times dropped to pre-update levels.

Is that to be expected? Is it a regression? I'm a bit late to notice,
but I thought I'd rather ask.

Ralf Hildebrandt                   Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin
ralf.hildebrandt at        Campus Benjamin Franklin             Hindenburgdamm 30, 12203 Berlin
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