What DNS Is Not

David Andersen dga at cs.cmu.edu
Tue Nov 10 01:01:29 UTC 2009

On Nov 9, 2009, at 7:52 PM, Buhrmaster, Gary wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com
>> [mailto:bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com]
>> Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 4:32 PM
>> To: Patrick W. Gilmore
>> Cc: NANOG list
>> Subject: Re: What DNS Is Not
> ...
>> 	notbeing Paul, its rude of me to respond - yet you posted this
>> 	to a public list ... so here goes.
>> 	Why do you find your behaviour in your domains acceptable and yet
>>    the same behaviour in others zones to be "a Bad Thing" and  
>> should be
>>    stopped?
> Ok, devils advocate argument.
> Is there is a difference between being a domain "owner"
> (Patrick wanting to wildcard the domain he has paid for),
> and a domain "custodian" (Verisign for the .com example)
> in whether wildcards are ever acceptable in the DNS
> responses you provide?

I think this is spot on.

In particular:  Patrick, for some domains at least, can implement a  
wildcard with the full cooperation and agreement of all of the  
customers of sub-zones within his domain.  Particularly if he doesn't  
resell any subdomains within it.  Verisign cannot. [1]

[1]  As a customer of .com, my own disagreement on this is sufficient  
to prove that they don't have unanimous agreement. :-)


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