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Re: NSI bulletin 097-004 | Root Server Problems
From: Carl Oppedahl <carl () oppedahl com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 13:14:41 -0600

At 11:14 AM 07/17/97 PDT, Randy Bush wrote:
Despite alarms raised by Network Solutions' quality assurance schemes, at
approximately 2:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), a system administrator released
the zone file without regenerating the file and verifying its integrity.

You allow mere humans to affect the process on which the whole net relies?
Oh my gawd!  I demand my money back!  :-)

But seriously.  Thanks for the explanation, David.  These things happen,
though rarely, one hopes.  We all kinda wonder, but don't want to add to
the problem by calling, whining, ...

Shall we have a gaffe of the week contest, this week's major entries being
this one and probably MAE-West/MFS?  We could call it the Metcalf award.
But, David, please don't emulate the competiton by doing it twice. :-)

Well, what would make it tough is if there were a gaffe of the month
contest, because that would be NSI competing with itself.  Recall that
problem of a couple of weeks ago where NSI fiddled with its FTP access
permissions and made it impossible for the root servers to obtain the root
file ... a mistake that, like this one, was detected first by persons
outside of NSI, and only hours later did NSI make any public
acknowledgement of the mistake.

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