Interesting new dns failures

michael.dillon at michael.dillon at
Mon May 21 18:56:36 UTC 2007

> In general it is impossible when deleting a zone to know the 
> full consequences of that action unless you are that zones 
> DNS administrator, and even then you need to ask any 
> administrators of delegated domains. 

Not just deleting.

> So those who think deleting zones is a way to fix things, or 
> penalise people, should tread VERY carefully, less they end 
> up liable for something bigger than they expected (or could 
> possibly imagine).

There was a case not long ago where someone decided that it was a good
idea to change the NS records in lame domains. This caused a major
service outage for a company who needed this specific domain to be lame
in order for a certain service to function. Fortunately, we were able to
find the domain technical contact who was able to log into the registrar
and put the lame delegation back. Now, the problem has been solved by
moving the domain to another registrar whose goal is to keep things the
way they are, not clean up lame domains or other perceived errors.

--Michael Dillon

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