F means filtered ?

Jim Fleming JimFleming at unety.net
Tue Feb 18 00:10:31 UTC 1997

On Monday, February 17, 1997 6:02 PM, Perry E. Metzger[SMTP:perry at piermont.com] wrote:
@ Jim Fleming writes:
@ > On Monday, February 17, 1997 2:27 PM, Perry E. Metzger[SMTP:perry at piermont.co
@ m] wrote:
@ > @ 
@ > @ Jim Fleming writes:
@ > @ > Someone claimed that they could not access the public
@ > @ > Root Name Server operated by Paul Vixie and supported
@ > @ > by the U.S. Government and the National Science Foundation
@ > @ 
@ > @ No one claimed that but you.
@ > 
@ > Here is the original mail....from matthew kaufman
@ Creative editing of your original claim that Paul Vixie was
@ "filtering" access to the name servers.
@ Of course there are times where you can't reach one nameserver or
@ another. Connections between any two points on the network are not
@ 100% reliable. How you could twist this into the notion that 
@ Paul Vixie was filtering connections in the network is probably a
@ question more for your psychiatrist than for you.
@ Perry

Per the following Paul has admitted that he does
a small amount of filtering...he has not said why.

From: 	Paul A Vixie[SMTP:paul at vix.com]
Sent: 	Monday, February 17, 1997 12:02 PM
To: 	'nanog at merit.edu'
Subject: 	Re: F means filtered ? 

> If someone was to attempt a denial of service attact against
> F.root-servers.net I certainly hope Paul would filter the originating
> network to protect nameservice for the other 99.5% of the Internet.

Actually it would be 99.95% not 99.5%.


I think the main issue is if ISPs and network operators
are going to rely on TRUE Root Name Servers for
a reliable Internet then those servers should probably
be handled by people who are not just volunteers.

The Internet has grown from the days when people
installed modems in their basements and waited
for the phones to ring. The U.S. Government via
the NSF/InterNIC is helping to back a serious
telecommunications network.

I think that most people on the NANOG mailing
list understand these issues. They are more
than capable of judging which Root Name Servers
they use for their operations. In fact, many serious
shops now run their own TRUE Root Name Servers
to provide better service and better stability.

The IANA and Network Solutions, Inc. are trying
to move to the TRUE Root Name Server configuration
that others have proven works and some experts
claimed would fail. I am somewhat surprised that
more NANOG members are not at the leading
edge of these developments. Such is life.

Jim Fleming
Unir Corporation

JimFleming at unety.net
JimFleming at unety.s0.g0 (EDNS/IPv8)

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