Whois and the DoD

David Conrad drc at virtualized.org
Tue Jun 5 17:57:03 UTC 2007


On Jun 5, 2007, at 9:56 AM, Hank Nussbacher wrote:
> I have contacted the RIRs and they admit there is a problem here  
> that they can't solve.

I'm not sure I understand the problem.  Given the US military is in  
the ARIN region, why wouldn't the right answer here be "look it up in  
ARIN's database and send mail to the listed contact"?

> Based on http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space I would  
> assume IANA might be interested in mandating that any organization  
> having IP space from them must operate an accessible whois server.

This hasn't been a requirement in the past.  In the future, it is  
highly likely the IANA registry will be pointing to the RIRs  
responsible for the region in which the address space has be assigned.


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