NLnet Labs has a long history of supporting an Open Internet and Open Standards. NSD strives to be a reference implementation for emerging standards in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The aim is to implement well-established Internet Drafts as a compile option and drafts in the final stage of open community review as an optional feature, that is disabled by default. Accepted RFCs are implemented in NSD according to the described standard.

The following table provides an extensive overview of all the RFC standards and Internet Drafts implemented in NSD.

RFC 1034 Domain Names – Concepts and Facilities
RFC 1035 Domain Names – Implementation and Specification
RFC 1101 DNS Encoding of Network Names and Other Types
RFC 1521 MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) Part One: Mechanisms for Specifying and Describing the Format of Internet Message Bodies
RFC 1706 DNS NSAP Resource Records
RFC 1712 DNS Encoding of Geographical Location
RFC 1876 A Means for Expressing Location Information in the Domain Name System
RFC 1982 Serial Number Arithmetic
RFC 1995 Incremental Zone Transfer in DNS
RFC 1996 A Mechanism for Prompt Notification of Zone Changes (DNS NOTIFY)
RFC 2163 Using the Internet DNS to Distribute MIXER Conformant Global Address Mapping (MCGAM)
RFC 2168 Resolution of Uniform Resource Identifiers using the Domain Name System
RFC 2181 Clarifications to the DNS Specification
RFC 2230 Key Exchange Delegation Record for the DNS
RFC 2253 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): UTF-8 String Representation of Distinguished Names
RFC 2308 Negative Caching of DNS Queries (DNS NCACHE)
RFC 2535 Domain Name System Security Extensions
RFC 2536 DSA KEYs and SIGs in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 2537 RSA/MD5 KEYs and SIGs in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 2538 Storing Certificates in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 2539 Storage of Diffie-Hellman Keys in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 2606 Reserved Top Level DNS Names
RFC 2671 Extension Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS0)
RFC 2672 Non-Terminal DNS Name Redirection
RFC 2673 Binary Labels in the Domain Name System
RFC 2782 A DNS RR for specifying the location of services (DNS SRV)
RFC 2845 Secret Key Transaction Authentication for DNS (TSIG)
RFC 2874 DNS Extensions to Support IPv6 Address Aggregation and Renumbering
RFC 2915 The Naming Authority Pointer (NAPTR) DNS Resource Record
RFC 2930 Secret Key Establishment for DNS (TKEY RR)
RFC 3110 RSA/SHA-1 SIGs and RSA KEYs in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 3123 A DNS RR Type for Lists of Address Prefixes (APL RR)
RFC 3225 Indicating Resolver Support of DNSSEC
RFC 3597 Handling of Unknown DNS Resource Record (RR) Types
RFC 3755 Legacy Resolver Compatibility for Delegation Signer (DS)
RFC 4025 A Method for Storing IPsec Keying Material in DNS
RFC 4033 DNS Security Introduction and Requirements
RFC 4034 Resource Records for the DNS Security Extensions
RFC 4035 Protocol Modifications for the DNS Security Extensions
RFC 4255 Using DNS to Securely Publish Secure Shell (SSH) Key Fingerprints
RFC 4343 Domain Name System (DNS) Case Insensitivity Clarification
RFC 4398 Storing Certificates in the Domain Name System (DNS)
RFC 4431 The DNSSEC Lookaside Validation (DLV) DNS Resource Record
RFC 4509 Use of SHA-256 in DNSSEC Delegation Signer (DS) Resource Records (RRs)
RFC 4592 The Role of Wildcards in the Domain Name System
RFC 4597 Conferencing Scenarios
RFC 4635 HMAC SHA TSIG Algorithm Identifiers
RFC 4701 A DNS Resource Record (RR) for Encoding Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Information (DHCID RR)
RFC 5001 DNS Name Server Identifier (NSID) Option
RFC 5114 Additional Diffie-Hellman Groups for Use with IETF Standards
RFC 5155 DNS Security (DNSSEC) Hashed Authenticated Denial of Existence
RFC 5205 Host Identity Protocol (HIP) Domain Name System (DNS) Extension
RFC 5702 Use of SHA-2 Algorithms with RSA in DNSKEY and RRSIG Resource Records for DNSSEC
RFC 5933 Use of GOST Signature Algorithms in DNSKEY and RRSIG Resource Records for DNSSEC
RFC 5936 DNS Zone Transfer Protocol (AXFR)
RFC 6604 xNAME RCODE and Status Bits Clarification
RFC 6605 Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) for DNSSEC
RFC 6698 The DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) Transport Layer Security (TLS) Protocol: TLSA
RFC 6725 DNS Security (DNSSEC) DNSKEY Algorithm IANA Registry Updates
RFC 6742 DNS Resource Records for the Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP)
RFC 6761 Special-Use Domain Names
RFC 6844 DNS Certification Authority Authorization (CAA) Resource Record
RFC 6891 Extension Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS(0))
RFC 6895 Domain Name System (DNS) IANA Considerations
RFC 7043 Resource Records for EUI-48 and EUI-64 Addresses in the DNS
RFC 7344 Automating DNSSEC Delegation Trust Maintenance
RFC 7477 Child-to-Parent Synchronization in DNS
RFC 7553 The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) DNS Resource Record
RFC 7929 DNS-Based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) Bindings for OpenPGP
RFC 8080 Edwards-Curve Digital Security Algorithm (EdDSA) for DNSSEC
RFC 8162 Using Secure DNS to Associate Certificates with Domain Names for S/MIME