Operational Issues with

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Sat Dec 7 04:03:05 UTC 2002

On Fri, 6 Dec 2002, Rob Thomas wrote:
> I (and Steve Gill) am more than happy to create such a list.  Heck, you
> don't even have to bug me!  :)  I've even pondered the idea of hosting
> a WHOIS server that contains only bogon ranges.

So many martian lists, so little authority.

> whois -h whois.radb.net rs-martians
route-set:    rs-martians
descr:        Martian networks
remarks:      these networks and any more-specific networks are not
remarks:      accepted by eu-X across any peering points
admin-c:      EUX-RIPE
tech-c:       EUX-RIPE
notify:       noc at eu-X.com
mnt-by:       VASNET-MNT
changed:      jules at eu-X.com 20011020
source:       RIPE

route-set:    RS-MARTIANS
descr:        The ff. routes should be denied by all border router
remarks:      These routes are usually blocked by ISPs.
tech-c:       AP16-AP
admin-c:      AP16-AP
notify:       arth at apnic.net
mnt-by:       MAINT-AU-BLUETOOTH
changed:      hm-changed at apnic.net 20021111
source:       APNIC

route-set:     rs-martians
descr:         Martian and IANA reserved networks
remarks:       these networks and any more-specific networks are not
remarks:       accepted by Level 3 across any peering points
admin-c:       LV3-LEVEL3
tech-c:        LV3-LEVEL3
notify:        routing at Level3.net
mnt-by:        LEVEL3-MNT
changed:       roy at Level3.net 20021125
source:        LEVEL3

The problem with all martian lists, going back to the very first one,
is third-party maintainers eventually stop maintaining them after a few
years while the lists themselves get embedded in many unexpected places.
I'm sure Rob will do a great job for a few years, but no one does this

IANA is the source of the delegations, maintainer of the assignments,
and is authoritative (i.e. if IANA gets it wrong, we're all screwed).

The simpliest solution is when IANA delegates an IPv4/IPv6 block for
something to post a message to the IETF-Announce, and the appropriate
IANA and RIR list, much like the RFC-Editor does with RFCs.

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