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Re: RIPE Down or DOSed ?
From: Dave Israel <davei () algx net>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 13:51:03 -0500



On 2/27/2003 at 10:44:49 -0800, Will Yardley said:

On Thu, Feb 27, 2003 at 11:09:19AM -0500, kai () pac-rim net wrote:
 
And on a related topic (whois.ripe.net almost unreachable, along with
the rest of RIPE): rwhois.level3.net:4321 as been MIA or AWOL for
about 4 days: Level3 was informed, but seems to have some good reasons
of their own not to fix this....
 
$ telnet rwhois.level3.net 4321
Trying 209.244.1.179...
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused

There is no public access to rwhois.level3.net (it worked at one point,
but, accurding to Level3, not intentionally). They say that they don't
have to make this information available to anyone except ARIN. I was
always under the impression that delegations had to be publicly visible,
but looking at ARIN's policy more closely, it seems that the information
only has to be available to ARIN.

If the ARIN server recurses properly, you should be able to pull it
out that way.  So hiding it from everybody but ARIN doesn't make the
information unavailable.  They're probably sheltering themselves from
security concerns in the server.

-Dave


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