BIND Configuration File Guide--controls Statement


controls {
  [ inet ip_addr
    port ip_port
    allow { address_match_list; }; ]
  [ unix path_name
    perm number
    owner number
    group number; ]

Definition and Usage

The controls statement declares control channels to be used by system administrators to affect the operation of the local name server. These control channels are used by the ndc utility to send commands to and retrieve non-DNS results from a name server.

A unix control channel is a FIFO in the file system, and access to it is controlled by normal file system permissions. It is created by named with the specified file mode bits (see the chmod(1) manual page), user and group owner. Note that, unlike chmod, the mode bits specified for perm will normally have a leading 0 so the number is interpreted as octal. Also note that the user and group ownership specified as owner and group must be given as numbers, not names. It is recommended that the permissions be restricted to administrative personnel only, or else any user on the system might be able to manage the local name server.

An inet control channel is a TCP/IP socket accessible to the Internet, created at the specified ip_port on the specified ip_addr. Modern telnet clients are capable of speaking directly to these sockets, and the control protocol is ARPAnet-style text. It is recommended that be the only ip_addr used, and this only if you trust all non-privileged users on the local host to manage your name server.

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