Dropping support for the .ru top level domain

Brian R briansupport at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 15 04:32:43 UTC 2022


From: Mel Beckman <mel at beckman.org>
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2022 7:07 PM
To: Fred Baker <fredbaker.ietf at gmail.com>
Cc: Brian R <briansupport at hotmail.com>; nanog at nanog.org <nanog at nanog.org>
Subject: Re: Dropping support for the .ru top level domain


 -mel beckman

On Mar 14, 2022, at 9:29 PM, Fred Baker <fredbaker.ietf at gmail.com> wrote:

 My viewpoint, and the reason I recommended against it, is that it gives Putin something he has wanted for a while, which is a Russia in which he is in control of information flows. We do for him what he has wanted for perhaps 20 years, and come out the bad guys - “the terrible west gut us off!”.  I would rather have people in Russia have information flows that have a second viewpoint other than the Kremlin’s. I have no expectation that it will get through uncensored, but I would rather it was not in any sense “our fault” and therefore usable by Putin’s propaganda machine.

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On Mar 14, 2022, at 2:14 PM, Brian R <briansupport at hotmail.com> wrote:

I can understand governments wanting this to be an option but I would let them do blocking within their countries to their own people if that is their desire.  This is another pandoras box.  Its bad enough that some countries control this already to block free flow of information.
If global DNS is no longer trusted then many actors will start maintaining their own broken lists (intentionally or unintentionally).

  *   This will not stop Russia, they will just run their own state sponsored DNS servers.  We can imagine what else might be implemented on that concept...
  *   Countries or users that still want access will do the same with custom DNS servers.
  *   This will take us down another path of no return as a global standard that is not political or politically controlled.
  *   The belief that the internet is open and free (as much as possible) will be broken in one more way.
  *   This will also accelerate the advancement of crypto DNS like NameCoin (Years ago I liked the idea but I don't know how it is being run anymore.) or UnstoppableDomains for example.   Similar to what is starting to happen to central banking as countries start shutting down bank accounts for political reasons.

I am glad to see soo many people on here and many of the organizations running these services state as much.


From: NANOG <nanog-bounces+briansupport=hotmail.com at nanog.org> on behalf of Patrick Bryant <patrick at pbryant.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2022 2:47 AM
To: nanog at nanog.org <nanog at nanog.org>
Subject: Dropping support for the .ru top level domain

I don't like the idea of disrupting any Internet service. But the current situation is unprecedented.

The Achilles Heel of general public use of Internet services has always been the functionality of DNS.

Unlike Layer 3 disruptions, dropping or disrupting support for the .ru TLD can be accomplished without disrupting the Russian population's ability to access information and services in the West.

The only countermeasure would be the distribution of Russian national DNS zones to a multiplicity of individual DNS resolvers within Russia. Russian operators are in fact implementing this countermeasure, but it is a slow and arduous process, and it will entail many of the operational difficulties that existed with distributing Host files, which DNS was implemented to overcome.

The .ru TLD could be globally disrupted by dropping the .ru zone from the 13 DNS root servers. This would be the most effective action, but would require an authoritative consensus. One level down in DNS delegation are the 5 authoritative servers. I will leave it to the imagination of others to envision what action that could be taken there...

ru      nameserver = a.dns.ripn.net<http://a.dns.ripn.net>
ru      nameserver = b.dns.ripn.net<http://b.dns.ripn.net>
ru      nameserver = d.dns.ripn.net<http://d.dns.ripn.net>
ru      nameserver = e.dns.ripn.net<http://e.dns.ripn.net>
ru      nameserver = f.dns.ripn.net<http://f.dns.ripn.net>

The impact of any action would take time (days) to propagate.

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