Domain Tech

  • Ship explosion takes ICANN gear out of action

    …, according to ICANN. ICANN had two containers — a 40-footer and 20-footer — on the ship, moving gear from June’s Helsinki meeting to next month’s ICANN 57 in India, ICANN said. The smaller of the two containers was close to the fire and has been “detained” in Germany where it may not be released for months or years. It held “printers, remote…

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  • Are .mail, .home and .corp safe to launch? Applicants think so

    … ICANN should lift the freeze on new gTLDs .mail, .home and .corp, despite fears they could cause widespread disruption, according to applicants. Fifteen applicants for the strings wrote to ICANN last week to ask for a risk mitigation plan that would allow them to be delegated. The three would-be gTLDs were put on hold indefinitely almost…

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  • ICANN to flip the secret key to the internet

    … hierarchy — all trust in DNSSEC flows from it. It’s considered good practice in DNSSEC to rotate keys every so often, largely to reduce the window would-be attackers have to compromise them. The Zone Signing Key used by ICANN and Verisign to sign the DNS root is rotated quarterly, and individual domain owners can rotate their own keys…

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  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    … files on their local networks. The WPAD protocol tries to find the file using DHCP first, but fails over to DNS. So, your browser might look for a wpad.dat file on wpad.example.com, depending on what domain your computer belongs to, using DNS. The vulnerability arises because companies often use previously undelegated TLDs — such as .prod or .global…

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  • It’s official: new gTLDs didn’t kill anyone

    … such as system failure and DNS queries leaking on to the internet. The applied-for gTLDs .corp and .home have been effectively banned, due to the vast numbers of organizations already using them. All other gTLDs were obliged, following JAS recommendations, to redirect all non-existent domains to 127.0.53.53, an IP address chosen to put network administrators…

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  • Verisign offers free public DNS

    … interactions. Verisign also offers paid-for recursive DNS services to enterprises, so there may be an up-sell opportunity here. The market for free public DNS currently has big players including Cisco’s OpenDNS and Google. If you want to use the Verisign service, the IP addresses to switch to are 64.6.64.6 and 64.6.65.6. Related posts: VeriSign launches free cloud domain security service ICM scraps free .xxx porn star offer, starts new one ICM offers free .xxx domains to porn stars …

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  • .sexy may be blocked in Iran

    … Some networks in Iran appear to be systematically blocking Uniregistry’s .sexy gTLD. That’s one of the conclusions of a slightly odd experiment commissioned by ICANN. The newly published An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance was conducted by APNIC Labs. The idea was to figure out whether there are any issues with new gTLDs…

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  • Blue Coat explains .zip screw-up

    … Security vendor Blue Coat apparently doesn’t check whether domains are actually domains before it advises customers to block them. The company yesterday published a blog post that sought to explain why it denounced Google’s unlaunched .zip gTLD as “100% shady” even though the only .zip domain in existence leads to google.com. Unrepentant, Blue…

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  • Concern over mystery TMCH outage

    … ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday. Some in the intellectual property community are concerned that the downtime may have allowed people to register domain names without receiving Trademark Claims notices. The downtime was confirmed…

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  • Group forms to stop new gTLDs breaking stuff

    … A little over a year into the live phase of the new gTLD program, a group of domain industry companies are getting together to make sure the expansion is supported across the whole internet. A new Universal Acceptance Steering Group has formed, with the support of ICANN and the Domain Name Association, to help fix many of the compatibility…

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  • Comcast users report name collision bugs

    … Xfinity hubs use the domain home.network on residential networks and that this default configuration choice was not corrected by Comcast before .network went live. The collision doesn’t appear to be causing widespread internet access issues — Xfinity has close to 20 million users so we’d have heard about it if the problems were ubiquitous — some…

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  • Verisign plans TLD standards group

    … Verisign is trying to form a new industry standards-setting association for domain name registries and registrars. To be called the Registration Operations AssociationTM (yes, according to its web site it is apparently already trademarked), Verisign wants potential members of the group to meeting in October to figure out whether…

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