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[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5: Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations

Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5
Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations

On 16 April 2014 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) recommended
ARIN-2014-5 for adoption, making it a Recommended Draft Policy.

ARIN-2014-5 is below and can be found at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2014_5.html

You are encouraged to discuss Draft Policy 2014-5 on the PPML prior to
the upcoming ARIN Public Policy Consultation at NANOG 61. Both the 
discussion on the list and at the meeting will be used by the ARIN 
Advisory Council to determine the community consensus for adopting this 
as policy.

The ARIN Policy Development Process can be found at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html

Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/index.html

Regards,

Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)


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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5
Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations

21 April 2014

AC's assessment of conformance with the Principles of Internet Number 
Resource Policy:

"ARIN-2014-5: Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations enables fair and impartial 
number resource administration by removing a no-longer-relevant section 
of the NRPM. All of the changes in this draft policy have proven 
uncontroversial thus far, with substantially more hands for the policy 
than against."

Problem Statement:

Section 7.2, asking ARIN to resolve Lame Delegations in in-addr.arpa, 
was established almost 10 years ago. While there may be real lameness 
problems in the in-addr.arpa tree, this should no longer be part of ARIN 
policy for two reasons:

1) NRPM should primarily be used to determine when requestors do, and do 
not, qualify for number resources because that's what ARIN's purpose is 
relevant to. ARIN is not an operational technical body, and its policy 
should only regulate activities ARIN is designed to participate in.

1a) We don't put text about how to operate Whois or RWhois or IRR in 
NRPM, so we should not put in text about how to operate DNS.

2) ARIN has never effectively implemented this. If there's still a need, 
it should be addressed directly with ARIN management and staff for 
prioritization.

Policy statement:

Remove section 7.2

Comments:
a.Timetable for implementation: Immediate
b.Anything else:

7.2. Lame Delegations in IN-ADDR.ARPA

ARIN will actively identify lame DNS name server(s) for reverse address 
delegations associated with address blocks allocated, assigned or 
administered by ARIN. Upon identification of a lame delegation, ARIN 
shall attempt to contact the POC for that resource and resolve the 
issue. If, following due diligence, ARIN is unable to resolve the lame 
delegation, ARIN will update the Whois database records resulting in the 
removal of lame servers.

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ARIN Staff and Legal Assessment

ARIN-prop-2014-5 – “Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations”

Date of Assessment: 04 Mar 2014

1. Summary (Staff Understanding)

This proposal would remove NRPM section 7.2 because it is out of scope 
for ARIN and because ARIN has never effectively implemented this policy.

2. Comments

A. ARIN Staff Comments

· This proposal would not change current operational practice. When ARIN 
switched over to per-zone DNS management, we ran into some significant 
issues with lame detection and remediation and as a result, lame 
delegation testing was suspended.
o Issues included the lack of a clear definition of what a lame DNS 
server was, and the potential risk of removing misconfigured, but 
working reverse DNS servers.

· This proposal could be implemented as written.

B. ARIN General Counsel - Legal Assessment

The policy does not create legal concerns.

3. Resource Impact

This policy would have minimal resource impact from an implementation 
aspect. It is estimated that implementation would occur within 3 months 
after ratification by the ARIN Board of Trustees. The following would be 
needed in order to implement:

· Updated guidelines

4. Proposal Text

Problem Statement:

Section 7.2, asking ARIN to resolve Lame Delegations in in-addr.arpa, 
was established almost 10 years ago. While there may be real lameness 
problems in the in-addr.arpa tree, this should no longer be part of ARIN 
policy for two reasons:

1) NRPM should primarily be used to determine when requestors do, and do 
not, qualify for number resources because that's what ARIN's purpose is 
relevant to. ARIN is not an operational technical body, and its policy 
should only regulate activities ARIN is designed to participate in.

1a) We don't put text about how to operate Whois or RWhois or IRR in 
NRPM, so we should not put in text about how to operate DNS.

2) ARIN has never effectively implemented this. If there's still a need, 
it should be addressed directly with ARIN management and staff for 
prioritization.

Policy statement:

Remove section 7.2

Comments: a.Timetable for implementation: Immediate b.Anything else: