Unbound strange stub_zone behavior?

Eric Luehrsen ericluehrsen at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 15:59:42 UTC 2020

On 7/11/20 11:49 AM, Andrew Forgue via Unbound-users wrote:
> I have an unbound server that acts as a recursive resolver for clients and also acts as a target for fully delegated DNS (i.e. unbound is the NS record). For the fully-delegated domain it is a simple stub zone with an upstream of localhost on a different port.  Let's call it "blah.example.com".
> Occasionally, unbound (has happened on versions 1.10.1 and 1.7.3) will start responding to non-recursive queries with the list of root zones instead of a response from the stub-zone.  It seems that clients that use the `rd` flag are fine and continue to be able to resolve records in the stub-zone.  Only recursive desired clients will receive correct records from unbound (using the stub server).  All records in seemingly all stub zones have this behavior simultaneously.
> I don't know what triggers it, but a full restart of unbound is the only thing that fixes it.  I've tried flushing cache, flushing infra, and everything, nothing seems to matter. I've seen only 2 things that may point to the issue.
> - With verbosity turned up to 10, there's an entry produced in strace (but not in the actual log - maybe a misconfig): "unbound[2213085:5] debug: answer from the cache failed"
> - stracing the "broken" unbound process is a very tight recvmsg() (of the request) and sendmsg() (with the root servers) with no syscalls in between.
> Again, Using dig with +recurse works all the time, even when unbound gets in this state.  So seems like an unbound bug / cache corruption or something?

If it is a bug, you may want to try a work around while waiting for a 
fix. You could try "auth-zone:" instead of "stub-zone:" or as a 
companion to "stub-zone:" You may need to give the authoritative server 
permission for a wholesale zone transfer to the Unbound instance. This 
may help avoid some undiscovered bug in piecemeal zone recursion.
- Eric

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