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Re: URGENT! Root Servers not updated
From: Jesse Caulfield <jesse () netthink com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 13:16:58 -0400 (EDT)

As I understand it (and I really don't so you should stop reading now...)
the purpose of locking down the zone files (or whatever) is not
necessarily a power grab by NSI, but rather a move to protect the people
and information who appear in that database (or whatever) from otherwise
nefarious miscreants. Folks who want the file will simply have to register
for it.

I believe information generally wants to be free, but there may be a good
business, technical and socially acceptable case for asking users of the
database to identify themselves.

Also, it's possible NSI got ahead of themselves and locked stuff up
before handing out the keys. What with the move and power grid failures in
Herndon, anything's possible.


On Thu, 3 Jul 1997, Gordon Cook wrote:
has the basic problem that paul vixie complained about been solved?

I called a knowledgable source last night.  That person was aware of the
change and said that the proper IANA people had been informed in advance
and had (he thought) not disagreed. the change he believed was not for any
of the reasons that paul feared.

On Wed, 2 Jul 1997, Paul A Vixie wrote:
The message below was one of several that came to me today.  Apparently,
when NSI changed the FTP access controls recently for the COM, ORG, EDU,  
and NET zones, they also disallowed zone transfers from the "A" name
server to most of the other name servers.

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