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unbound.conf(5)                  unbound 1.5.8                 unbound.conf(5)



NAME
       unbound.conf - Unbound configuration file.

SYNOPSIS
       unbound.conf

DESCRIPTION
       unbound.conf  is  used  to  configure  unbound(8).  The file format has
       attributes and values. Some attributes  have  attributes  inside  them.
       The notation is: attribute: value.

       Comments  start  with  #  and  last to the end of line. Empty lines are
       ignored as is whitespace at the beginning of a line.

       The utility unbound-checkconf(8) can  be  used  to  check  unbound.conf
       prior to usage.

EXAMPLE
       An    example    config   file   is   shown   below.   Copy   this   to
       /etc/unbound/unbound.conf and start the server with:

            $ unbound -c /etc/unbound/unbound.conf

       Most settings are the defaults. Stop the server with:

            $ kill `cat /etc/unbound/unbound.pid`

       Below is a minimal config file. The  source  distribution  contains  an
       extensive example.conf file with all the options.

       # unbound.conf(5) config file for unbound(8).
       server:
            directory: "/etc/unbound"
            username: unbound
            # make sure unbound can access entropy from inside the chroot.
            # e.g. on linux the use these commands (on BSD, devfs(8) is used):
            #      mount --bind -n /dev/random /etc/unbound/dev/random
            # and  mount --bind -n /dev/log /etc/unbound/dev/log
            chroot: "/etc/unbound"
            # logfile: "/etc/unbound/unbound.log"  #uncomment to use logfile.
            pidfile: "/etc/unbound/unbound.pid"
            # verbosity: 1      # uncomment and increase to get more logging.
            # listen on all interfaces, answer queries from the local subnet.
            interface: 0.0.0.0
            interface: ::0
            access-control: 10.0.0.0/8 allow
            access-control: 2001:DB8::/64 allow

FILE FORMAT
       There  must be whitespace between keywords. Attribute keywords end with
       a colon ':'. An attribute is followed by its containing attributes,  or
       a value.

       Files  can be included using the include: directive. It can appear any-
       where, it accepts a single file name as argument.  Processing continues
       as  if  the text from the included file was copied into the config file
       at that point.  If also using chroot, using full  path  names  for  the
       included files works, relative pathnames for the included names work if
       the directory where the daemon is  started  equals  its  chroot/working
       directory.   Wildcards  can  be  used  to  include  multiple files, see
       glob(7).

   Server Options
       These options are part of the server: clause.

       verbosity: <number>
              The verbosity number, level 0 means no verbosity,  only  errors.
              Level  1  gives  operational information. Level 2 gives detailed
              operational information. Level 3 gives query level  information,
              output  per  query.   Level 4 gives algorithm level information.
              Level 5 logs client identification for cache misses.  Default is
              level  1.  The verbosity can also be increased from the command-
              line, see unbound(8).

       statistics-interval: <seconds>
              The number of seconds between printing statistics to the log for
              every  thread.  Disable with value 0 or "". Default is disabled.
              The histogram statistics are only printed if replies  were  sent
              during  the  statistics  interval,  requestlist  statistics  are
              printed for every interval (but can be 0).  This is because  the
              median calculation requires data to be present.

       statistics-cumulative: <yes or no>
              If  enabled,  statistics  are cumulative since starting unbound,
              without clearing the statistics counters after logging the  sta-
              tistics. Default is no.

       extended-statistics: <yes or no>
              If  enabled,  extended  statistics are printed from unbound-con-
              trol(8).  Default is off, because keeping track of more  statis-
              tics takes time.  The counters are listed in unbound-control(8).

       num-threads: <number>
              The  number  of threads to create to serve clients. Use 1 for no
              threading.

       port: <port number>
              The port number, default 53, on which  the  server  responds  to
              queries.

       interface: <ip address[@port]>
              Interface  to  use  to connect to the network. This interface is
              listened to for queries from clients, and answers to clients are
              given  from  it.  Can be given multiple times to work on several
              interfaces. If none are given the default is to listen to local-
              host.   The  interfaces  are not changed on a reload (kill -HUP)
              but only on restart.  A port number can be specified with  @port
              (without spaces between interface and port number), if not spec-
              ified the default port (from port) is used.

       ip-address: <ip address[@port]>
              Same as interface: (for easy of compatibility with nsd.conf).

       interface-automatic: <yes or no>
              Detect source interface on UDP queries and copy them to replies.
              This  feature  is experimental, and needs support in your OS for
              particular socket options.  Default value is no.

       outgoing-interface: <ip address>
              Interface to use to connect to the network.  This  interface  is
              used  to send queries to authoritative servers and receive their
              replies. Can be given multiple times to work on  several  inter-
              faces.  If  none  are  given  the default (all) is used. You can
              specify the same interfaces in  interface:  and  outgoing-inter-
              face:  lines,  the  interfaces  are then used for both purposes.
              Outgoing queries are sent via a  random  outgoing  interface  to
              counter spoofing.

       outgoing-range: <number>
              Number  of ports to open. This number of file descriptors can be
              opened per thread. Must be at least 1. Default depends  on  com-
              pile options. Larger numbers need extra resources from the oper-
              ating system.  For performance a a very large value is best, use
              libevent to make this possible.

       outgoing-port-permit: <port number or range>
              Permit  unbound  to  open this port or range of ports for use to
              send queries.  A  larger  number  of  permitted  outgoing  ports
              increases  resilience against spoofing attempts. Make sure these
              ports are not needed by other daemons.  By  default  only  ports
              above 1024 that have not been assigned by IANA are used.  Give a
              port number or a range of the form "low-high", without spaces.

              The outgoing-port-permit and outgoing-port-avoid statements  are
              processed  in the line order of the config file, adding the per-
              mitted ports and subtracting the avoided ports from the  set  of
              allowed  ports.   The  processing starts with the non IANA allo-
              cated ports above 1024 in the set of allowed ports.

       outgoing-port-avoid: <port number or range>
              Do not permit unbound to open this port or range  of  ports  for
              use to send queries. Use this to make sure unbound does not grab
              a port that another daemon needs. The port  is  avoided  on  all
              outgoing  interfaces,  both  IP4 and IP6.  By default only ports
              above 1024 that have not been assigned by IANA are used.  Give a
              port number or a range of the form "low-high", without spaces.

       outgoing-num-tcp: <number>
              Number  of  outgoing TCP buffers to allocate per thread. Default
              is 10. If set to 0, or if do-tcp is  "no",  no  TCP  queries  to
              authoritative   servers  are  done.   For  larger  installations
              increasing this value is a good idea.

       incoming-num-tcp: <number>
              Number of incoming TCP buffers to allocate per  thread.  Default
              is  10.  If  set to 0, or if do-tcp is "no", no TCP queries from
              clients are accepted. For larger installations  increasing  this
              value is a good idea.

       edns-buffer-size: <number>
              Number  of bytes size to advertise as the EDNS reassembly buffer
              size.  This is the value put into  datagrams  over  UDP  towards
              peers.   The actual buffer size is determined by msg-buffer-size
              (both for TCP and UDP).  Do not  set  higher  than  that  value.
              Default  is 4096 which is RFC recommended.  If you have fragmen-
              tation reassembly problems, usually seen  as  timeouts,  then  a
              value of 1480 can fix it.  Setting to 512 bypasses even the most
              stringent path MTU problems, but is seen as extreme,  since  the
              amount of TCP fallback generated is excessive (probably also for
              this resolver, consider tuning the outgoing tcp number).

       max-udp-size: <number>
              Maximum UDP response size (not applied to TCP response).   65536
              disables the udp response size maximum, and uses the choice from
              the client, always.  Suggested values are 512 to  4096.  Default
              is 4096.

       msg-buffer-size: <number>
              Number  of  bytes  size of the message buffers. Default is 65552
              bytes, enough for 64 Kb packets, the maximum DNS  message  size.
              No  message  larger  than  this  can be sent or received. Can be
              reduced to use less memory, but some requests for DNS data, such
              as for huge resource records, will result in a SERVFAIL reply to
              the client.

       msg-cache-size: <number>
              Number of  bytes  size  of  the  message  cache.  Default  is  4
              megabytes.   A  plain number is in bytes, append 'k', 'm' or 'g'
              for kilobytes, megabytes or  gigabytes  (1024*1024  bytes  in  a
              megabyte).

       msg-cache-slabs: <number>
              Number  of  slabs  in  the message cache. Slabs reduce lock con-
              tention by threads.  Must be  set  to  a  power  of  2.  Setting
              (close) to the number of cpus is a reasonable guess.

       num-queries-per-thread: <number>
              The  number of queries that every thread will service simultane-
              ously.  If more queries  arrive  that  need  servicing,  and  no
              queries  can  be  jostled  out  (see  jostle-timeout),  then the
              queries are dropped. This forces the client to  resend  after  a
              timeout;  allowing  the  server  time  to  work  on the existing
              queries. Default depends on compile options, 512 or 1024.

       jostle-timeout: <msec>
              Timeout used when the server is very busy.  Set to a value  that
              usually  results  in one roundtrip to the authority servers.  If
              too many queries arrive, then 50% of the queries are allowed  to
              run  to  completion, and the other 50% are replaced with the new
              incoming query if  they  have  already  spent  more  than  their
              allowed  time.   This protects against denial of service by slow
              queries or high query rates.   Default  200  milliseconds.   The
              effect  is  that the qps for long-lasting queries is about (num-
              queriesperthread / 2) / (average time  for  such  long  queries)
              qps.   The  qps  for  short  queries  can  be about (numqueries-
              perthread / 2)  /  (jostletimeout  in  whole  seconds)  qps  per
              thread, about (1024/2)*5 = 2560 qps by default.

       delay-close: <msec>
              Extra  delay  for timeouted UDP ports before they are closed, in
              msec.  Default is 0, and that disables it.  This  prevents  very
              delayed  answer  packets  from  the upstream (recursive) servers
              from bouncing against closed ports and setting off all  sort  of
              close-port  counters,  with eg. 1500 msec.  When timeouts happen
              you need extra sockets, it checks the ID and remote IP of  pack-
              ets,  and  unwanted  packets  are  added  to the unwanted packet
              counter.

       so-rcvbuf: <number>
              If not 0, then set the SO_RCVBUF socket option to get more  buf-
              fer space on UDP port 53 incoming queries.  So that short spikes
              on busy servers do not drop  packets  (see  counter  in  netstat
              -su).   Default  is 0 (use system value).  Otherwise, the number
              of bytes to ask for, try "4m" on a busy server.  The OS caps  it
              at  a  maximum, on linux unbound needs root permission to bypass
              the limit, or the admin can use  sysctl  net.core.rmem_max.   On
              BSD  change kern.ipc.maxsockbuf in /etc/sysctl.conf.  On OpenBSD
              change header and recompile kernel. On Solaris ndd -set /dev/udp
              udp_max_buf 8388608.

       so-sndbuf: <number>
              If  not 0, then set the SO_SNDBUF socket option to get more buf-
              fer space on UDP port 53 outgoing queries.  This for  very  busy
              servers  handles  spikes  in  answer  traffic,  otherwise 'send:
              resource temporarily unavailable' can  get  logged,  the  buffer
              overrun  is also visible by netstat -su.  Default is 0 (use sys-
              tem value).  Specify the number of bytes to ask for, try "4m" on
              a  very  busy  server.   The  OS  caps it at a maximum, on linux
              unbound needs root permission to bypass the limit, or the  admin
              can  use  sysctl net.core.wmem_max.  On BSD, Solaris changes are
              similar to so-rcvbuf.

       so-reuseport: <yes or no>
              If yes, then  open  dedicated  listening  sockets  for  incoming
              queries  for  each thread and try to set the SO_REUSEPORT socket
              option on each  socket.   May  distribute  incoming  queries  to
              threads  more  evenly.  Default is no.  On Linux it is supported
              in kernels >= 3.9.  On other systems, FreeBSD, OSX it  may  also
              work.   You  can enable it (on any platform and kernel), it then
              attempts to open the port and passes the option if it was avail-
              able  at compile time, if that works it is used, if it fails, it
              continues silently (unless verbosity 3) without the option.

       ip-transparent: <yes or no>
              If yes, then use IP_TRANSPARENT socket option on  sockets  where
              unbound  is listening for incoming traffic.  Default no.  Allows
              you to bind to non-local interfaces.  For example for  non-exis-
              tant  IP  addresses  that are going to exist later on, with host
              failover configuration.  This is a lot like interface-automatic,
              but  that  one  services all interfaces and with this option you
              can select which (future) interfaces  unbound  provides  service
              on.   This  option needs unbound to be started with root permis-
              sions on some systems.  The option uses  IP_BINDANY  on  FreeBSD
              systems.

       rrset-cache-size: <number>
              Number of bytes size of the RRset cache. Default is 4 megabytes.
              A plain number is in bytes, append 'k', 'm'  or  'g'  for  kilo-
              bytes, megabytes or gigabytes (1024*1024 bytes in a megabyte).

       rrset-cache-slabs: <number>
              Number of slabs in the RRset cache. Slabs reduce lock contention
              by threads.  Must be set to a power of 2.

       cache-max-ttl: <seconds>
              Time to live maximum for  RRsets  and  messages  in  the  cache.
              Default  is  86400  seconds  (1  day).  If the maximum kicks in,
              responses to clients still get decrementing TTLs  based  on  the
              original  (larger)  values.   When the internal TTL expires, the
              cache item has expired.  Can be set lower to force the  resolver
              to query for data often, and not trust (very large) TTL values.

       cache-min-ttl: <seconds>
              Time  to  live  minimum  for  RRsets  and messages in the cache.
              Default is 0.  If the minimum kicks in, the data is  cached  for
              longer than the domain owner intended, and thus less queries are
              made to look up the data.  Zero makes sure the data in the cache
              is  as the domain owner intended, higher values, especially more
              than an hour or so, can lead to trouble as the data in the cache
              does not match up with the actual data any more.

       cache-max-negative-ttl: <seconds>
              Time to live maximum for negative responses, these have a SOA in
              the authority section that is limited in time.  Default is 3600.

       infra-host-ttl: <seconds>
              Time to live for entries in the host cache. The host cache  con-
              tains  roundtrip  timing, lameness and EDNS support information.
              Default is 900.

       infra-cache-slabs: <number>
              Number of slabs in the infrastructure cache. Slabs  reduce  lock
              contention by threads. Must be set to a power of 2.

       infra-cache-numhosts: <number>
              Number  of  hosts  for  which  information is cached. Default is
              10000.

       infra-cache-min-rtt: <msec>
              Lower limit for dynamic retransmit timeout calculation in infra-
              structure cache. Default is 50 milliseconds. Increase this value
              if using forwarders needing more time to do recursive name reso-
              lution.

       do-ip4: <yes or no>
              Enable  or  disable  whether ip4 queries are answered or issued.
              Default is yes.

       do-ip6: <yes or no>
              Enable or disable whether ip6 queries are  answered  or  issued.
              Default  is yes.  If disabled, queries are not answered on IPv6,
              and queries are not sent on IPv6 to  the  internet  nameservers.
              With  this option you can disable the ipv6 transport for sending
              DNS traffic, it does not impact the contents of the DNS traffic,
              which may have ip4 and ip6 addresses in it.

       do-udp: <yes or no>
              Enable  or  disable  whether UDP queries are answered or issued.
              Default is yes.

       do-tcp: <yes or no>
              Enable or disable whether TCP queries are  answered  or  issued.
              Default is yes.

       tcp-mss: <number>
              Maximum  segment  size  (MSS)  of TCP socket on which the server
              responds to queries. Value lower than  common  MSS  on  Ethernet
              (1220 for example) will address path MTU problem.  Note that not
              all platform supports socket option  to  set  MSS  (TCP_MAXSEG).
              Default  is  system  default MSS determined by interface MTU and
              negotiation between server and client.

       outgoing-tcp-mss: <number>
              Maximum segment size (MSS) of TCP socket  for  outgoing  queries
              (from  Unbound to other servers). Value lower than common MSS on
              Ethernet (1220 for example) will address path MTU problem.  Note
              that  not  all  platform  supports  socket  option  to  set  MSS
              (TCP_MAXSEG).  Default  is  system  default  MSS  determined  by
              interface MTU and negotiation between Unbound and other servers.

       tcp-upstream: <yes or no>
              Enable  or disable whether the upstream queries use TCP only for
              transport.  Default is no.  Useful in tunneling scenarios.

       ssl-upstream: <yes or no>
              Enabled or disable whether the upstream queries use SSL only for
              transport.   Default is no.  Useful in tunneling scenarios.  The
              SSL contains plain DNS in TCP wireformat.  The other server must
              support this (see ssl-service-key).

       ssl-service-key: <file>
              If  enabled, the server provider SSL service on its TCP sockets.
              The clients have to use ssl-upstream: yes.  The file is the pri-
              vate  key for the TLS session.  The public certificate is in the
              ssl-service-pem file.  Default is "", turned  off.   Requires  a
              restart (a reload is not enough) if changed, because the private
              key is read while root permissions are held  and  before  chroot
              (if  any).   Normal  DNS  TCP  service is not provided and gives
              errors, this service is best run with a different  port:  config
              or @port suffixes in the interface config.

       ssl-service-pem: <file>
              The  public  key  certificate  pem  file  for  the  ssl service.
              Default is "", turned off.

       ssl-port: <number>
              The port number on which to provide  TCP  SSL  service,  default
              853, only interfaces configured with that port number as @number
              get the SSL service.

       do-daemonize: <yes or no>
              Enable or disable whether the  unbound  server  forks  into  the
              background as a daemon. Default is yes.

       access-control: <IP netblock> <action>
              The  netblock  is  given  as  an  IP4  or IP6 address with /size
              appended for a classless network block. The action can be  deny,
              refuse,  allow, allow_snoop, deny_non_local or refuse_non_local.
              The most specific netblock match is used, if none match deny  is
              used.

              The action deny stops queries from hosts from that netblock.

              The  action  refuse  stops  queries  too,  but sends a DNS rcode
              REFUSED error message back.

              The action allow gives access to clients from that netblock.  It
              gives  only  access  for recursion clients (which is what almost
              all clients need).  Nonrecursive queries are refused.

              The allow action does allow nonrecursive queries to  access  the
              local-data that is configured.  The reason is that this does not
              involve the  unbound  server  recursive  lookup  algorithm,  and
              static data is served in the reply.  This supports normal opera-
              tions where nonrecursive queries are made for the  authoritative
              data.   For  nonrecursive  queries  any replies from the dynamic
              cache are refused.

              The action allow_snoop gives nonrecursive access too.  This give
              both  recursive  and non recursive access.  The name allow_snoop
              refers to  cache  snooping,  a  technique  to  use  nonrecursive
              queries  to  examine  the  cache  contents (for malicious acts).
              However, nonrecursive queries can also be a  valuable  debugging
              tool (when you want to examine the cache contents). In that case
              use allow_snoop for your administration host.

              By default only localhost is allowed, the rest is refused.   The
              default  is  refused, because that is protocol-friendly. The DNS
              protocol is not designed to handle dropped packets due  to  pol-
              icy,  and  dropping  may  result in (possibly excessive) retried
              queries.

              The deny_non_local and refuse_non_local settings are  for  hosts
              that are only allowed to query for the authoritative local-data,
              they are not allowed full recursion but only  the  static  data.
              With  deny_non_local,  messages that are disallowed are dropped,
              with refuse_non_local they receive error code REFUSED.

       chroot: <directory>
              If chroot is enabled, you should pass the configfile  (from  the
              commandline)  as  a  full path from the original root. After the
              chroot has been performed the now defunct portion of the  config
              file  path  is  removed  to be able to reread the config after a
              reload.

              All other file paths (working dir, logfile, roothints,  and  key
              files)  can  be  specified  in several ways: as an absolute path
              relative to the new root, as a  relative  path  to  the  working
              directory, or as an absolute path relative to the original root.
              In the last case the path is adjusted to remove the unused  por-
              tion.

              The  pidfile can be either a relative path to the working direc-
              tory, or an absolute path relative to the original root.  It  is
              written  just  prior  to  chroot  and dropping permissions. This
              allows the pidfile to be /var/run/unbound.pid and the chroot  to
              be /var/unbound, for example.

              Additionally,  unbound  may  need  to  access  /dev/random  (for
              entropy) from inside the chroot.

              If given a chroot is done to the given directory. The default is
              "/usr/local/etc/unbound". If you give "" no chroot is performed.

       username: <name>
              If  given,  after  binding  the  port  the  user  privileges are
              dropped. Default is "unbound". If you give username: "" no  user
              change is performed.

              If  this  user  is  not capable of binding the port, reloads (by
              signal HUP) will still retain the opened ports.  If  you  change
              the  port  number  in  the config file, and that new port number
              requires privileges, then a  reload  will  fail;  a  restart  is
              needed.

       directory: <directory>
              Sets   the   working  directory  for  the  program.  Default  is
              "/usr/local/etc/unbound".  On Windows the string  "%EXECUTABLE%"
              tries to change to the directory that unbound.exe resides in.

       logfile: <filename>
              If  ""  is given, logging goes to stderr, or nowhere once daemo-
              nized.  The logfile is appended to, in the following format:
              [seconds since 1970] unbound[pid:tid]: type: message.
              If this option is given, the use-syslog  is  option  is  set  to
              "no".  The logfile is reopened (for append) when the config file
              is reread, on SIGHUP.

       use-syslog: <yes or no>
              Sets unbound to send log messages to  the  syslogd,  using  sys-
              log(3).   The  log  facility  LOG_DAEMON  is used, with identity
              "unbound".  The logfile setting is overridden when use-syslog is
              turned on.  The default is to log to syslog.

       log-time-ascii: <yes or no>
              Sets  logfile  lines to use a timestamp in UTC ascii. Default is
              no, which prints the seconds since 1970 in brackets.  No  effect
              if  using  syslog,  in  that  case  syslog formats the timestamp
              printed into the log files.

       log-queries: <yes or no>
              Prints one line per query to the log, with the log timestamp and
              IP  address, name, type and class.  Default is no.  Note that it
              takes time to print these lines which makes the server (signifi-
              cantly)  slower.   Odd  (nonprintable)  characters  in names are
              printed as '?'.

       pidfile: <filename>
              The  process  id  is   written   to   the   file.   Default   is
              "/usr/local/etc/unbound/unbound.pid".  So,
              kill -HUP `cat /usr/local/etc/unbound/unbound.pid`
              triggers a reload,
              kill -TERM `cat /usr/local/etc/unbound/unbound.pid`
              gracefully terminates.

       root-hints: <filename>
              Read  the  root  hints from this file. Default is nothing, using
              builtin hints for the IN class. The file has the format of  zone
              files,  with  root  nameserver  names  and  addresses  only. The
              default may become outdated, when servers change,  therefore  it
              is good practice to use a root-hints file.

       hide-identity: <yes or no>
              If enabled id.server and hostname.bind queries are refused.

       identity: <string>
              Set  the identity to report. If set to "", the default, then the
              hostname of the server is returned.

       hide-version: <yes or no>
              If enabled version.server and version.bind queries are refused.

       version: <string>
              Set the version to report. If set to "", the default,  then  the
              package version is returned.

       target-fetch-policy: <"list of numbers">
              Set  the  target fetch policy used by unbound to determine if it
              should fetch nameserver target addresses opportunistically.  The
              policy is described per dependency depth.

              The  number  of  values  determines the maximum dependency depth
              that unbound will pursue in answering a query.  A  value  of  -1
              means to fetch all targets opportunistically for that dependency
              depth. A value of 0 means to fetch on demand  only.  A  positive
              value fetches that many targets opportunistically.

              Enclose the list between quotes ("") and put spaces between num-
              bers.  The default is "3 2 1 0 0". Setting all zeroes, "0 0 0  0
              0"  gives  behaviour closer to that of BIND 9, while setting "-1
              -1 -1 -1 -1" gives behaviour rumoured to be closer  to  that  of
              BIND 8.

       harden-short-bufsize: <yes or no>
              Very  small  EDNS buffer sizes from queries are ignored. Default
              is off, since it is legal  protocol  wise  to  send  these,  and
              unbound tries to give very small answers to these queries, where
              possible.

       harden-large-queries: <yes or no>
              Very large queries are ignored. Default  is  off,  since  it  is
              legal  protocol  wise  to send these, and could be necessary for
              operation if TSIG or EDNS payload is very large.

       harden-glue: <yes or no>
              Will trust glue only if it  is  within  the  servers  authority.
              Default is on.

       harden-dnssec-stripped: <yes or no>
              Require  DNSSEC  data  for trust-anchored zones, if such data is
              absent, the zone becomes bogus. If turned  off,  and  no  DNSSEC
              data  is  received  (or the DNSKEY data fails to validate), then
              the zone is made insecure, this behaves like there is  no  trust
              anchor.  You  could turn this off if you are sometimes behind an
              intrusive firewall (of some sort) that removes DNSSEC data  from
              packets,  or  a  zone  changes  from signed to unsigned to badly
              signed often. If turned off you run  the  risk  of  a  downgrade
              attack that disables security for a zone. Default is on.

       harden-below-nxdomain: <yes or no>
              From  draft-vixie-dnsext-resimprove, returns nxdomain to queries
              for a name below another name that is already known to be  nxdo-
              main.   DNSSEC  mandates  noerror  for empty nonterminals, hence
              this is possible.  Very old software might return  nxdomain  for
              empty  nonterminals  (that usually happen for reverse IP address
              lookups), and thus may be incompatible with  this.   To  try  to
              avoid  this  only  DNSSEC-secure nxdomains are used, because the
              old software does not have DNSSEC.  Default is off.

       harden-referral-path: <yes or no>
              Harden the referral path by performing  additional  queries  for
              infrastructure data.  Validates the replies if trust anchors are
              configured and the zones are signed.  This enforces DNSSEC vali-
              dation  on  nameserver NS sets and the nameserver addresses that
              are encountered on the referral path  to  the  answer.   Default
              off, because it burdens the authority servers, and it is not RFC
              standard, and could lead to performance problems because of  the
              extra  query  load  that is generated.  Experimental option.  If
              you enable it  consider  adding  more  numbers  after  the  tar-
              get-fetch-policy to increase the max depth that is checked to.

       harden-algo-downgrade: <yes or no>
              Harden  against algorithm downgrade when multiple algorithms are
              advertised in the DS record.  If no, allows  the  weakest  algo-
              rithm  to  validate the zone.  Default is no.  Zone signers must
              produce zones that allow this feature  to  work,  but  sometimes
              they  do not, and turning this option off avoids that validation
              failure.

       use-caps-for-id: <yes or no>
              Use  0x20-encoded  random  bits  in  the  query  to  foil  spoof
              attempts.   This  perturbs  the lowercase and uppercase of query
              names sent to authority servers and checks if  the  reply  still
              has  the  correct casing.  Disabled by default.  This feature is
              an experimental implementation of draft dns-0x20.

       caps-whitelist: <domain>
              Whitelist the domain so that it  does  not  receive  caps-for-id
              perturbed  queries.   For  domains  that do not support 0x20 and
              also fail with fallback  because  they  keep  sending  different
              answers, like some load balancers.  Can be given multiple times,
              for different domains.

       qname-minimisation: <yes or no>
              Send minimum  amount  of  information  to  upstream  servers  to
              enhance privacy.  Only sent minimum required labels of the QNAME
              and set QTYPE to NS when possible. Best  effort  approach,  full
              QNAME and original QTYPE will be sent when upstream replies with
              a RCODE other than NOERROR. Default is off.

       private-address: <IP address or subnet>
              Give IPv4 of IPv6 addresses  or  classless  subnets.  These  are
              addresses  on  your  private  network, and are not allowed to be
              returned for public internet  names.   Any  occurrence  of  such
              addresses are removed from DNS answers. Additionally, the DNSSEC
              validator may mark the  answers  bogus.  This  protects  against
              so-called  DNS  Rebinding, where a user browser is turned into a
              network proxy, allowing remote access  through  the  browser  to
              other  parts of your private network.  Some names can be allowed
              to contain your private addresses, by default all the local-data
              that  you  configured  is  allowed to, and you can specify addi-
              tional names using private-domain.   No  private  addresses  are
              enabled  by default.  We consider to enable this for the RFC1918
              private IP address space by  default  in  later  releases.  That
              would  enable  private  addresses  for  10.0.0.0/8 172.16.0.0/12
              192.168.0.0/16 169.254.0.0/16 fd00::/8 and fe80::/10, since  the
              RFC  standards  say these addresses should not be visible on the
              public internet.  Turning on 127.0.0.0/8 would hinder many spam-
              blocklists   as  they  use  that.   Adding  ::ffff:0:0/96  stops
              IPv4-mapped IPv6 addresses from bypassing the filter.

       private-domain: <domain name>
              Allow this domain, and all its  subdomains  to  contain  private
              addresses.   Give  multiple times to allow multiple domain names
              to contain private addresses. Default is none.

       unwanted-reply-threshold: <number>
              If set, a total number of unwanted replies is kept track  of  in
              every thread.  When it reaches the threshold, a defensive action
              is taken and a warning is printed to  the  log.   The  defensive
              action  is  to  clear  the  rrset  and message caches, hopefully
              flushing away any poison.  A value of 10 million  is  suggested.
              Default is 0 (turned off).

       do-not-query-address: <IP address>
              Do  not  query  the  given IP address. Can be IP4 or IP6. Append
              /num to indicate a classless delegation  netblock,  for  example
              like 10.2.3.4/24 or 2001::11/64.

       do-not-query-localhost: <yes or no>
              If  yes, localhost is added to the do-not-query-address entries,
              both IP6 ::1 and IP4 127.0.0.1/8. If no, then localhost  can  be
              used to send queries to. Default is yes.

       prefetch: <yes or no>
              If yes, message cache elements are prefetched before they expire
              to keep the cache up to date.  Default is  no.   Turning  it  on
              gives about 10 percent more traffic and load on the machine, but
              popular items do not expire from the cache.

       prefetch-key: <yes or no>
              If yes, fetch the DNSKEYs earlier  in  the  validation  process,
              when  a  DS  record  is encountered.  This lowers the latency of
              requests.  It does use a little more CPU.  Also if the cache  is
              set to 0, it is no use. Default is no.

       rrset-roundrobin: <yes or no>
              If yes, Unbound rotates RRSet order in response (the random num-
              ber is taken from the query ID, for speed  and  thread  safety).
              Default is no.

       minimal-responses: <yes or no>
              If  yes,  Unbound  doesn't  insert authority/additional sections
              into response messages when those  sections  are  not  required.
              This  reduces  response  size  significantly,  and may avoid TCP
              fallback for some responses.  This may cause a  slight  speedup.
              The  default  is no, because the DNS protocol RFCs mandate these
              sections, and the additional content could be of  use  and  save
              roundtrips for clients.

       module-config: <"module names">
              Module  configuration,  a list of module names separated by spa-
              ces, surround the string with quotes (""). The  modules  can  be
              validator,  iterator.  Setting this to "iterator" will result in
              a non-validating server.  Setting this to  "validator  iterator"
              will  turn on DNSSEC validation.  The ordering of the modules is
              important.  You must also set trust-anchors for validation to be
              useful.

       trust-anchor-file: <filename>
              File  with  trusted  keys  for  validation.  Both  DS and DNSKEY
              entries can appear in the file. The format of the  file  is  the
              standard  DNS  Zone  file  format.   Default  is "", or no trust
              anchor file.

       auto-trust-anchor-file: <filename>
              File with trust anchor for  one  zone,  which  is  tracked  with
              RFC5011  probes.   The  probes are several times per month, thus
              the machine must be online frequently.  The initial file can  be
              one  with  contents as described in trust-anchor-file.  The file
              is written to when the anchor is updated, so  the  unbound  user
              must have write permission.

       trust-anchor: <"Resource Record">
              A  DS  or  DNSKEY  RR  for a key to use for validation. Multiple
              entries can be given to specify multiple trusted keys, in  addi-
              tion  to the trust-anchor-files.  The resource record is entered
              in the same format as 'dig' or 'drill'  prints  them,  the  same
              format  as in the zone file. Has to be on a single line, with ""
              around it. A TTL can be specified for ease of cut and paste, but
              is ignored.  A class can be specified, but class IN is default.

       trusted-keys-file: <filename>
              File  with  trusted  keys  for validation. Specify more than one
              file  with  several  entries,   one   file   per   entry.   Like
              trust-anchor-file  but  has  a  different file format. Format is
              BIND-9 style format, the trusted-keys {  name  flag  proto  algo
              "key";  };  clauses  are  read.  It is possible to use wildcards
              with this statement, the wildcard is expanded on  start  and  on
              reload.

       dlv-anchor-file: <filename>
              This option was used during early days DNSSEC deployment when no
              parent-side  DS  record  registrations  were  easily  available.
              Nowadays, it is best to have DS records registered with the par-
              ent zone (many top level zones are signed).  File  with  trusted
              keys  for  DLV (DNSSEC Lookaside Validation). Both DS and DNSKEY
              entries can be used in the file,  in  the  same  format  as  for
              trust-anchor-file:  statements.  Only one DLV can be configured,
              more would be slow. The DLV configured is used as a root trusted
              DLV,  this means that it is a lookaside for the root. Default is
              "", or no dlv anchor file.  DLV is going to  be  decommissioned.
              Please do not use it any more.

       dlv-anchor: <"Resource Record">
              Much  like  trust-anchor,  this  is  a DLV anchor with the DS or
              DNSKEY inline.  DLV is going to be  decommissioned.   Please  do
              not use it any more.

       domain-insecure: <domain name>
              Sets  domain  name  to  be  insecure,  DNSSEC  chain of trust is
              ignored towards the domain name.  So a trust  anchor  above  the
              domain  name  can  not  make the domain secure with a DS record,
              such a DS record is  then  ignored.   Also  keys  from  DLV  are
              ignored  for the domain.  Can be given multiple times to specify
              multiple domains that are treated as if unsigned.   If  you  set
              trust anchors for the domain they override this setting (and the
              domain is secured).

              This can be useful if you want to make sure a trust  anchor  for
              external  lookups does not affect an (unsigned) internal domain.
              A DS record externally can create validation failures  for  that
              internal domain.

       val-override-date: <rrsig-style date spec>
              Default  is "" or "0", which disables this debugging feature. If
              enabled by giving a RRSIG style date, that date is used for ver-
              ifying RRSIG inception and expiration dates, instead of the cur-
              rent date. Do not set this unless you  are  debugging  signature
              inception  and  expiration.  The value -1 ignores the date alto-
              gether, useful for some special applications.

       val-sig-skew-min: <seconds>
              Minimum number of seconds of clock skew to  apply  to  validated
              signatures.   A  value of 10% of the signature lifetime (expira-
              tion - inception) is used, capped by this setting.   Default  is
              3600  (1  hour)  which  allows for daylight savings differences.
              Lower this value for more strict checking of short lived  signa-
              tures.

       val-sig-skew-max: <seconds>
              Maximum  number  of  seconds of clock skew to apply to validated
              signatures.  A value of 10% of the signature  lifetime  (expira-
              tion  -  inception) is used, capped by this setting.  Default is
              86400 (24 hours) which allows for timezone setting  problems  in
              stable  domains.  Setting both min and max very low disables the
              clock skew allowances.  Setting both min and max very high makes
              the validator check the signature timestamps less strictly.

       val-bogus-ttl: <number>
              The  time  to  live for bogus data. This is data that has failed
              validation; due to invalid signatures or other checks.  The  TTL
              from  that  data  cannot  be  trusted,  and  this  value is used
              instead. The value is in seconds, default 60.  The time interval
              prevents repeated revalidation of bogus data.

       val-clean-additional: <yes or no>
              Instruct  the  validator to remove data from the additional sec-
              tion of secure messages that are not signed  properly.  Messages
              that  are  insecure,  bogus,  indeterminate or unchecked are not
              affected. Default is yes. Use this setting to protect the  users
              that  rely on this validator for authentication from potentially
              bad data in the additional section.

       val-log-level: <number>
              Have  the  validator  print  validation  failures  to  the  log.
              Regardless  of the verbosity setting.  Default is 0, off.  At 1,
              for every user query that fails a line is printed to  the  logs.
              This  way  you  can monitor what happens with validation.  Use a
              diagnosis tool, such as dig or drill, to find out why validation
              is  failing  for  these  queries.  At 2, not only the query that
              failed is printed but also the reason why unbound thought it was
              wrong and which server sent the faulty data.

       val-permissive-mode: <yes or no>
              Instruct  the validator to mark bogus messages as indeterminate.
              The security checks are performed, but if the  result  is  bogus
              (failed  security),  the  reply  is not withheld from the client
              with SERVFAIL as usual. The client receives the bogus data.  For
              messages  that  are  found  to  be  secure  the AD bit is set in
              replies. Also logging is performed as for full validation.   The
              default value is "no".

       ignore-cd-flag: <yes or no>
              Instruct  unbound  to ignore the CD flag from clients and refuse
              to return bogus answers to them.  Thus, the  CD  (Checking  Dis-
              abled)  flag does not disable checking any more.  This is useful
              if legacy (w2008) servers that set the CD flag but cannot  vali-
              date  DNSSEC  themselves  are the clients, and then unbound pro-
              vides them with DNSSEC protection.  The default value is "no".

       val-nsec3-keysize-iterations: <"list of values">
              List of keysize and iteration count values, separated by spaces,
              surrounded  by quotes. Default is "1024 150 2048 500 4096 2500".
              This determines the maximum allowed NSEC3 iteration count before
              a  message  is  simply marked insecure instead of performing the
              many hashing iterations. The list must be in ascending order and
              have  at least one entry. If you set it to "1024 65535" there is
              no restriction to NSEC3 iteration values.  This  table  must  be
              kept short; a very long list could cause slower operation.

       add-holddown: <seconds>
              Instruct  the auto-trust-anchor-file probe mechanism for RFC5011
              autotrust updates to add new trust anchors only after they  have
              been visible for this time.  Default is 30 days as per the RFC.

       del-holddown: <seconds>
              Instruct  the auto-trust-anchor-file probe mechanism for RFC5011
              autotrust updates to remove revoked  trust  anchors  after  they
              have been kept in the revoked list for this long.  Default is 30
              days as per the RFC.

       keep-missing: <seconds>
              Instruct the auto-trust-anchor-file probe mechanism for  RFC5011
              autotrust  updates  to  remove  missing trust anchors after they
              have been unseen for this long.  This cleans up the  state  file
              if  the target zone does not perform trust anchor revocation, so
              this makes the auto probe mechanism work with zones that perform
              regular  (non-5011)  rollovers.   The  default is 366 days.  The
              value 0 does not remove missing anchors, as per the RFC.

       permit-small-holddown: <yes or no>
              Debug option that allows the autotrust 5011 rollover  timers  to
              assume very small values.  Default is no.

       key-cache-size: <number>
              Number  of  bytes size of the key cache. Default is 4 megabytes.
              A plain number is in bytes, append 'k', 'm'  or  'g'  for  kilo-
              bytes, megabytes or gigabytes (1024*1024 bytes in a megabyte).

       key-cache-slabs: <number>
              Number  of  slabs in the key cache. Slabs reduce lock contention
              by threads.  Must be set to a power of 2. Setting (close) to the
              number of cpus is a reasonable guess.

       neg-cache-size: <number>
              Number  of  bytes size of the aggressive negative cache. Default
              is 1 megabyte.  A plain number is in bytes, append 'k',  'm'  or
              'g'  for kilobytes, megabytes or gigabytes (1024*1024 bytes in a
              megabyte).

       unblock-lan-zones: <yesno>
              Default is disabled.   If  enabled,  then  for  private  address
              space,  the reverse lookups are no longer filtered.  This allows
              unbound when running as dns service on a host where it  provides
              service  for  that  host,  to put out all of the queries for the
              'lan' upstream.  When enabled, only localhost, 127.0.0.1 reverse
              and  ::1  reverse zones are configured with default local zones.
              Disable the option when unbound is running as a (DHCP-) DNS net-
              work resolver for a group of machines, where such lookups should
              be filtered (RFC compliance), this  also  stops  potential  data
              leakage about the local network to the upstream DNS servers.

       insecure-lan-zones: <yesno>
              Default  is  disabled.  If enabled, then reverse lookups in pri-
              vate address space are not validated.  This is usually  required
              whenever unblock-lan-zones is used.

       local-zone: <zone> <type>
              Configure  a  local zone. The type determines the answer to give
              if there is no  match  from  local-data.  The  types  are  deny,
              refuse,  static, transparent, redirect, nodefault, typetranspar-
              ent, inform, inform_deny, and are explained  below.  After  that
              the  default  settings are listed. Use local-data: to enter data
              into the local zone. Answers for local zones  are  authoritative
              DNS answers. By default the zones are class IN.

              If you need more complicated authoritative data, with referrals,
              wildcards, CNAME/DNAME support, or DNSSEC authoritative service,
              setup  a  stub-zone  for it as detailed in the stub zone section
              below.

            deny Do not send an answer, drop the query.  If there is  a  match
                 from local data, the query is answered.

            refuse
                 Send an error message reply, with rcode REFUSED.  If there is
                 a match from local data, the query is answered.

            static
                 If there is a match from local data, the query  is  answered.
                 Otherwise,  the  query  is  answered with nodata or nxdomain.
                 For a negative answer a SOA is  included  in  the  answer  if
                 present as local-data for the zone apex domain.

            transparent
                 If  there  is a match from local data, the query is answered.
                 Otherwise if the query has a different  name,  the  query  is
                 resolved  normally.   If  the  query  is  for a name given in
                 localdata but no such type of data  is  given  in  localdata,
                 then  a  noerror nodata answer is returned.  If no local-zone
                 is given local-data causes a transparent zone to  be  created
                 by default.

            typetransparent
                 If  there  is a match from local data, the query is answered.
                 If the query is for a different name, or for  the  same  name
                 but  for  a  different  type, the query is resolved normally.
                 So, similar to transparent but types that are not  listed  in
                 local data are resolved normally, so if an A record is in the
                 local data that does  not  cause  a  nodata  reply  for  AAAA
                 queries.

            redirect
                 The  query is answered from the local data for the zone name.
                 There may be no local  data  beneath  the  zone  name.   This
                 answers  queries for the zone, and all subdomains of the zone
                 with the local data for the zone.  It can be used to redirect
                 a  domain  to  return  a  different address record to the end
                 user,   with   local-zone:   "example.com."   redirect    and
                 local-data:  "example.com. A 127.0.0.1" queries for www.exam-
                 ple.com and www.foo.example.com are redirected, so that users
                 with  web  browsers  cannot  access  sites  with suffix exam-
                 ple.com.

            inform
                 The query  is  answered  normally.   The  client  IP  address
                 (@portnumber) is printed to the logfile.  The log message is:
                 timestamp, unbound-pid, info: zonename inform IP@port  query-
                 name  type class.  This option can be used for normal resolu-
                 tion, but machines looking up infected names are logged,  eg.
                 to run antivirus on them.

            inform_deny
                 The query is dropped, like 'deny', and logged, like 'inform'.
                 Ie. find infected machines without answering the queries.

            nodefault
                 Used to turn off default contents for AS112 zones. The  other
                 types also turn off default contents for the zone. The 'node-
                 fault' option has no other effect than  turning  off  default
                 contents  for  the  given  zone.   Use  nodefault  if you use
                 exactly that zone, if you want to use a subzone,  use  trans-
                 parent.

       The  default  zones are localhost, reverse 127.0.0.1 and ::1, the onion
       and the AS112 zones. The AS112 zones are reverse DNS zones for  private
       use  and  reserved  IP  addresses for which the servers on the internet
       cannot provide correct answers. They are configured by default to  give
       nxdomain  (no  reverse information) answers. The defaults can be turned
       off by specifying your own local-zone of that name, or using the 'node-
       fault' type. Below is a list of the default zone contents.

            localhost
                 The  IP4  and  IP6 localhost information is given. NS and SOA
                 records are provided for completeness and to satisfy some DNS
                 update tools. Default content:
                 local-zone: "localhost." static
                 local-data: "localhost. 10800 IN NS localhost."
                 local-data: "localhost. 10800 IN
                     SOA localhost. nobody.invalid. 1 3600 1200 604800 10800"
                 local-data: "localhost. 10800 IN A 127.0.0.1"
                 local-data: "localhost. 10800 IN AAAA ::1"

            reverse IPv4 loopback
                 Default content:
                 local-zone: "127.in-addr.arpa." static
                 local-data: "127.in-addr.arpa. 10800 IN NS localhost."
                 local-data: "127.in-addr.arpa. 10800 IN
                     SOA localhost. nobody.invalid. 1 3600 1200 604800 10800"
                 local-data: "1.0.0.127.in-addr.arpa. 10800 IN
                     PTR localhost."

            reverse IPv6 loopback
                 Default content:
                 local-zone: "1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.
                     0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.ip6.arpa." static
                 local-data: "1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.
                     0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.ip6.arpa. 10800 IN
                     NS localhost."
                 local-data: "1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.
                     0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.ip6.arpa. 10800 IN
                     SOA localhost. nobody.invalid. 1 3600 1200 604800 10800"
                 local-data: "1.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.
                     0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.ip6.arpa. 10800 IN
                     PTR localhost."

            onion (RFC 7686)
                 Default content:
                 local-zone: "onion." static
                 local-data: "onion. 10800 IN NS localhost."
                 local-data: "onion. 10800 IN
                     SOA localhost. nobody.invalid. 1 3600 1200 604800 10800"

            reverse RFC1918 local use zones
                 Reverse  data  for zones 10.in-addr.arpa, 16.172.in-addr.arpa
                 to    31.172.in-addr.arpa,     168.192.in-addr.arpa.      The
                 local-zone:  is  set  static  and  as  local-data: SOA and NS
                 records are provided.

            reverse RFC3330 IP4 this, link-local, testnet and broadcast
                 Reverse data for zones 0.in-addr.arpa,  254.169.in-addr.arpa,
                 2.0.192.in-addr.arpa  (TEST  NET  1), 100.51.198.in-addr.arpa
                 (TEST  NET   2),   113.0.203.in-addr.arpa   (TEST   NET   3),
                 255.255.255.255.in-addr.arpa.   And  from 64.100.in-addr.arpa
                 to 127.100.in-addr.arpa (Shared Address Space).

            reverse RFC4291 IP6 unspecified
                 Reverse data for zone
                 0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.
                 0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.ip6.arpa.

            reverse RFC4193 IPv6 Locally Assigned Local Addresses
                 Reverse data for zone D.F.ip6.arpa.

            reverse RFC4291 IPv6 Link Local Addresses
                 Reverse data for zones 8.E.F.ip6.arpa to B.E.F.ip6.arpa.

            reverse IPv6 Example Prefix
                 Reverse data for zone 8.B.D.0.1.0.0.2.ip6.arpa. This zone  is
                 used  for tutorials and examples. You can remove the block on
                 this zone with:
                   local-zone: 8.B.D.0.1.0.0.2.ip6.arpa. nodefault
                 You can also selectively unblock a part of the zone by making
                 that part transparent with a local-zone statement.  This also
                 works with the other default zones.

       local-data: "<resource record string>"
            Configure local data, which is served in reply to queries for  it.
            The query has to match exactly unless you configure the local-zone
            as redirect. If not matched exactly, the  local-zone  type  deter-
            mines  further processing. If local-data is configured that is not
            a subdomain of a local-zone, a transparent local-zone  is  config-
            ured.   For  record  types  such  as TXT, use single quotes, as in
            local-data: 'example. TXT "text"'.

            If you need more complicated authoritative data,  with  referrals,
            wildcards,  CNAME/DNAME  support, or DNSSEC authoritative service,
            setup a stub-zone for it as detailed  in  the  stub  zone  section
            below.

       local-data-ptr: "IPaddr name"
            Configure  local data shorthand for a PTR record with the reversed
            IPv4 or IPv6 address and the host name.   For  example  "192.0.2.4
            www.example.com".   TTL  can  be  inserted like this: "2001:DB8::4
            7200 www.example.com"

       ratelimit: <number or 0>
            Enable ratelimiting of queries sent to nameserver  for  performing
            recursion.   If  0,  the  default, it is disabled.  This option is
            experimental at this time.  The ratelimit is in queries per second
            that  are  allowed.   More  queries  are turned away with an error
            (servfail).  This stops recursive floods, eg. random query  names,
            but not spoofed reflection floods.  Cached responses are not rate-
            limited by this setting.  The zone of the query is  determined  by
            examining  the  nameservers  for it, the zone name is used to keep
            track of the rate.  For example, 1000 may be a suitable  value  to
            stop the server from being overloaded with random names, and keeps
            unbound from sending traffic to the nameservers for those zones.

       ratelimit-size: <memory size>
            Give the size of the data structure in which the  current  ongoing
            rates  are  kept  track in.  Default 4m.  In bytes or use m(mega),
            k(kilo), g(giga).  The ratelimit structure is small, so this  data
            structure likely does not need to be large.

       ratelimit-slabs: <number>
            Give  power of 2 number of slabs, this is used to reduce lock con-
            tention in the ratelimit tracking data structure.   Close  to  the
            number of cpus is a fairly good setting.

       ratelimit-factor: <number>
            Set  the  amount  of  queries  to  rate  limit  when  the limit is
            exceeded.  If set to 0, all queries are dropped for domains  where
            the  limit is exceeded.  If set to another value, 1 in that number
            is allowed through to complete.   Default  is  10,  allowing  1/10
            traffic to flow normally.  This can make ordinary queries complete
            (if repeatedly queried for), and enter the cache, whilst also mit-
            igating the traffic flow by the factor given.

       ratelimit-for-domain: <domain> <number qps>
            Override  the global ratelimit for an exact match domain name with
            the listed number.  You can give this for  any  number  of  names.
            For  example, for a top-level-domain you may want to have a higher
            limit than other names.

       ratelimit-below-domain: <domain> <number qps>
            Override the global ratelimit for a domain name that ends in  this
            name.  You can give this multiple times, it then describes differ-
            ent settings in different parts of  the  namespace.   The  closest
            matching  suffix is used to determine the qps limit.  The rate for
            the  exact  matching  domain  name  is  not  changed,  use   rate-
            limit-for-domain to set that, you might want to use different set-
            tings for a top-level-domain and subdomains.

   Remote Control Options
       In the remote-control: clause are the declarations for the remote  con-
       trol  facility.  If this is enabled, the unbound-control(8) utility can
       be used to send commands to the running  unbound  server.   The  server
       uses  these clauses to setup SSLv3 / TLSv1 security for the connection.
       The unbound-control(8) utility also reads  the  remote-control  section
       for  options.   To  setup  the correct self-signed certificates use the
       unbound-control-setup(8) utility.

       control-enable: <yes or no>
            The option is used to enable remote control, default is "no".   If
            turned off, the server does not listen for control commands.

       control-interface: <ip address or path>
            Give  IPv4 or IPv6 addresses or local socket path to listen on for
            control commands.  By default localhost  (127.0.0.1  and  ::1)  is
            listened to.  Use 0.0.0.0 and ::0 to listen to all interfaces.  If
            you change this  and  permissions  have  been  dropped,  you  must
            restart the server for the change to take effect.

       control-port: <port number>
            The  port number to listen on for IPv4 or IPv6 control interfaces,
            default is 8953.  If you change this  and  permissions  have  been
            dropped,  you  must  restart  the  server  for  the change to take
            effect.

       control-use-cert: <yes or no>
            Whether to require certificate authentication of  control  connec-
            tions.   The  default is "yes".  This should not be changed unless
            there are other mechanisms in place  to  prevent  untrusted  users
            from accessing the remote control interface.

       server-key-file: <private key file>
            Path  to  the  server  private key, by default unbound_server.key.
            This file is generated by the unbound-control-setup utility.  This
            file is used by the unbound server, but not by unbound-control.

       server-cert-file: <certificate file.pem>
            Path   to   the   server   self  signed  certificate,  by  default
            unbound_server.pem.  This file is generated  by  the  unbound-con-
            trol-setup  utility.  This file is used by the unbound server, and
            also by unbound-control.

       control-key-file: <private key file>
            Path to the control client private key,  by  default  unbound_con-
            trol.key.   This  file  is  generated by the unbound-control-setup
            utility.  This file is used by unbound-control.

       control-cert-file: <certificate file.pem>
            Path to the control client certificate,  by  default  unbound_con-
            trol.pem.   This certificate has to be signed with the server cer-
            tificate.  This file is  generated  by  the  unbound-control-setup
            utility.  This file is used by unbound-control.

   Stub Zone Options
       There may be multiple stub-zone: clauses. Each with a name: and zero or
       more hostnames or IP addresses.  For the stub zone this list  of  name-
       servers  is used. Class IN is assumed.  The servers should be authority
       servers, not  recursors;  unbound  performs  the  recursive  processing
       itself for stub zones.

       The stub zone can be used to configure authoritative data to be used by
       the resolver that cannot be accessed using the public internet servers.
       This  is  useful  for  company-local  data  or  private zones. Setup an
       authoritative server on a different host (or different port).  Enter  a
       config  entry  for unbound with stub-addr: <ip address of host[@port]>.
       The unbound resolver can then access the data, without referring to the
       public internet for it.

       This  setup  allows DNSSEC signed zones to be served by that authorita-
       tive server, in which case a trusted key entry with the public key  can
       be  put in config, so that unbound can validate the data and set the AD
       bit on replies for the private zone (authoritative servers do  not  set
       the AD bit).  This setup makes unbound capable of answering queries for
       the private zone, and can even set the AD bit ('authentic'), but the AA
       ('authoritative') bit is not set on these replies.

       Consider   adding  server:  statements  for  domain-insecure:  and  for
       local-zone: name nodefault for the zone if it is a locally served zone.
       The insecure clause stops DNSSEC from invalidating the zone.  The local
       zone nodefault (or transparent) clause makes the (reverse-) zone bypass
       unbound's filtering of RFC1918 zones.

       name: <domain name>
              Name of the stub zone.

       stub-host: <domain name>
              Name  of  stub  zone nameserver. Is itself resolved before it is
              used.

       stub-addr: <IP address>
              IP address of stub zone nameserver. Can be IP 4 or IP 6.  To use
              a nondefault port for DNS communication append '@' with the port
              number.

       stub-prime: <yes or no>
              This option is by default off.  If enabled it  performs  NS  set
              priming,  which  is similar to root hints, where it starts using
              the list of nameservers currently published by the zone.   Thus,
              if  the  hint list is slightly outdated, the resolver picks up a
              correct list online.

       stub-first: <yes or no>
              If enabled, a query is attempted without the stub clause  if  it
              fails.   The  data  could not be retrieved and would have caused
              SERVFAIL because the servers  are  unreachable,  instead  it  is
              tried without this clause.  The default is no.

   Forward Zone Options
       There may be multiple forward-zone: clauses. Each with a name: and zero
       or more hostnames or IP addresses.  For the forward zone this  list  of
       nameservers  is  used  to forward the queries to. The servers listed as
       forward-host: and forward-addr: have to handle  further  recursion  for
       the  query.   Thus,  those  servers  are not authority servers, but are
       (just like unbound is) recursive servers too; unbound does not  perform
       recursion itself for the forward zone, it lets the remote server do it.
       Class IN is assumed.  A forward-zone entry with name  "."  and  a  for-
       ward-addr  target will forward all queries to that other server (unless
       it can answer from the cache).

       name: <domain name>
              Name of the forward zone.

       forward-host: <domain name>
              Name of server to forward to. Is itself resolved  before  it  is
              used.

       forward-addr: <IP address>
              IP address of server to forward to. Can be IP 4 or IP 6.  To use
              a nondefault port for DNS communication append '@' with the port
              number.

       forward-first: <yes or no>
              If  enabled,  a query is attempted without the forward clause if
              it fails.  The data could not be retrieved and would have caused
              SERVFAIL  because  the  servers  are  unreachable, instead it is
              tried without this clause.  The default is no.

   Python Module Options
       The python: clause gives the settings for the python(1) script  module.
       This module acts like the iterator and validator modules do, on queries
       and answers.  To enable the script module it has to  be  compiled  into
       the  daemon,  and the word "python" has to be put in the module-config:
       option (usually first, or between the validator and iterator).

       python-script: <python file>
              The script file to load.

   DNS64 Module Options
       The dns64 module must be configured in the module-config:  "dns64  val-
       idator  iterator"  directive  and  be  compiled  into  the daemon to be
       enabled.  These settings go in the server: section.

       dns64-prefix: <IPv6 prefix>
              This sets the DNS64 prefix to use  to  synthesize  AAAA  records
              with.   It  must  be  /96  or  shorter.   The  default prefix is
              64:ff9b::/96.

       dns64-synthall: <yes or no>
              Debug option, default  no.   If  enabled,  synthesize  all  AAAA
              records despite the presence of actual AAAA records.

MEMORY CONTROL EXAMPLE
       In the example config settings below memory usage is reduced. Some ser-
       vice levels are lower, notable very large data and a high TCP load  are
       no longer supported. Very large data and high TCP loads are exceptional
       for the DNS.  DNSSEC validation is enabled, just add trust anchors.  If
       you do not have to worry about programs using more than 3 Mb of memory,
       the below example is not for you. Use the defaults to receive full ser-
       vice, which on BSD-32bit tops out at 30-40 Mb after heavy usage.

       # example settings that reduce memory usage
       server:
            num-threads: 1
            outgoing-num-tcp: 1 # this limits TCP service, uses less buffers.
            incoming-num-tcp: 1
            outgoing-range: 60  # uses less memory, but less performance.
            msg-buffer-size: 8192   # note this limits service, 'no huge stuff'.
            msg-cache-size: 100k
            msg-cache-slabs: 1
            rrset-cache-size: 100k
            rrset-cache-slabs: 1
            infra-cache-numhosts: 200
            infra-cache-slabs: 1
            key-cache-size: 100k
            key-cache-slabs: 1
            neg-cache-size: 10k
            num-queries-per-thread: 30
            target-fetch-policy: "2 1 0 0 0 0"
            harden-large-queries: "yes"
            harden-short-bufsize: "yes"

FILES
       /usr/local/etc/unbound
              default unbound working directory.

       /usr/local/etc/unbound
              default chroot(2) location.

       /usr/local/etc/unbound/unbound.conf
              unbound configuration file.

       /usr/local/etc/unbound/unbound.pid
              default unbound pidfile with process ID of the running daemon.

       unbound.log
              unbound log file. default is to log to syslog(3).

SEE ALSO
       unbound(8), unbound-checkconf(8).

AUTHORS
       Unbound  was written by NLnet Labs. Please see CREDITS file in the dis-
       tribution for further details.



NLnet Labs                       Mar  2, 2016                  unbound.conf(5)