Guides - CAA Records
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A CAA (Certification Authority Authorization) record allows the owner of a domain to specify which certificate authority (or authorities) are allowed to issue TLS/SSL certificates for their domain.
Name: The subdomain you want the CAA record to cover. To apply it to your entire website (for example:
example.com), leave this field blank. To limit the record’s application to a subdomain on your site, (for example:
subdomain.example.com), enter the subdomain’s name into the form field (for example:
issue - Authorize the certificate authority entered in the Value field further below to issue TLS certificates for your site.
issuewild - Same as above, with the exception that you were issued a wildcard certificate.
iodef - URL where your CA can report security policy violations to you concerning certificate issue requests.
Value: If the issue or issuewild tag was selected above, then the Value field takes the domain of your certificate issuer (for example:
letsencrypt.org). If the iodef tag was selected, the Value field takes a contact or submission URL (
TTL (Time To Live): The length of time that DNS resolvers should store the DNS record before revalidating it with Linode’s name servers. Setting the TTL to 5 minutes is recommended for many use cases. If Default is selected, the TTL is set to 24 hours.
Multiple CAA records must be added individually. If your site
example.com was issued a TLS certificate by Let’s Encrypt, but your subdomain
store.example.com uses a Symantec certificate, you would need two different CAA records. A reporting URL for the iodef tag would also need its own record. Those three would look something like this:
You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.
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