VeriSign expects major security update by 2011

New protocol will guarantee the origin and integrity of Domain Name System data for .com and .net, company says.

Tom Espiner Special to CNET News

VeriSign, which runs the master database for such domains as .com and .net, says a significant Internet security vulnerability will be closed by 2011, after delays caused by technical aspects of the implementation.

The problem is that DNS, the Domain Name System that translates Internet addresses into numerical values, can be seeded with false values and used to misdirect users. VeriSign told ZDNet on Friday that it will put in place DNSSEC, a protocol that will guarantee the origin and integrity of DNS data for the .com and .net domains, by the first quarter of 2011.

Read more of "VeriSign: Major internet security update by 2011" at ZDNet UK.