Name Collisions

  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    … appears. You can read the paper here (pdf), but I’ll attempt to summarize. The problem concerns a virtually ubiquitous protocol called WPAD, for Web Proxy Auto-Discovery. It’s used by mostly by Windows clients to automatically download a web proxy configuration file that tells their browser how to connect to the web. Organizations host these…

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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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  • ICANN Compliance probing Hunger Games domain

    … hands, even though distributor Lion’s Gate Entertainment’s (likely immovable) launch campaign schedule did not exactly chime with its own. It may be a technical breach of the ICANN rules on name collisions — which many regard as over-cautious and largely unnecessary — but it’s not a security or stability risk. Of course, some would say it also sets…

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  • Is The Hunger Games’ new .movie domain illegal?

    … over 1.7 million YouTube views. But it has been claimed that Donuts activated the domain in the DNS two weeks before it was allowed to under its ICANN registry contract. It boils down to “controlled interruption”, the controversial mechanism by which registries mitigate the risk of potentially harmful name collisions in the DNS. Under ICANN’s…

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  • Comcast users report name collision bugs

    … US cable ISP Comcast has become the latest company to experience problems caused by name collisions with new gTLDs. In this case the gTLD in question is .network, which Donuts had delegated at the end of August. Users of Comcast’s Xfinity service have been complaining about various issues linked to collisions ever since. It turns out some…

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