whoami.akamai.net [was: Google Public DNS Problems?]

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Thu May 2 18:47:05 UTC 2013


On May 02, 2013, at 14:42 , "Constantine A. Murenin" <mureninc at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2 May 2013 11:12, Patrick W. Gilmore <patrick at ianai.net> wrote:

>> For clarity: Looking up the hostname "whoami.akamai.net" will return the IP address in the source field of the packet (DNS query) which reached the authoritative name server for Akamai.net.
>> 
>> We use this to look for forwarding or proxying, which is frequently unknown / invisible to the end user.
>> 
>> It has the side-effect that querying against an anycast server (e.g. 208.67.222.222 or 8.8.8.8) will show the unicast address of the anycast node which forwarded to our servers.
>> 
>> In case anyone is wondering, we do not do any special logging or watching of this hostname. It is logged for a short time on the local hard drive the same as any other DNS query, but unless someone actually looks, we will not notice if you query for it. So feel free to use it for your own purposes as much as you like. We have a bit of spare DNS capacity. :)
> 
> No IPv6 at akamai.net, huh? :p

No, sorry. We're working on it.

Of course, v6 is available on most other Akamai products.

And if someone wants to pay us for v6 on whomai..... :)

-- 
TTFN,
patrick


> Cns# host whoami.akamai.net
> whoami.akamai.net has address 216.66.80.30
> Cns# host 216.66.80.30
> 30.80.66.216.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer tserv1.fra1.he.net.
> Cns#
> 
> Does anyone run a DNS whoami that's IPv6-ready?
> 
> C.
> 




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