[ARIN-consult] Community Consultation on Change to Whois Output for Certain /8 Records

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Apr 4 16:38:59 EDT 2013

On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM, ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:
> ARIN has two choices regarding the behavior described above and would
> like the community¹s feedback on which one is the best course of action,
> seeking input on the two proposed solutions below:
>    *   Change today's behavior so that if a DA or DS record exists in
> ARIN's Whois, ARIN will publish only the DA or DS record. If the query
> does not produce a DA or DS record, ARIN will publish the /8 record of
> the authoritative RIR and the referral to that RIR's Whois server.
>    *   Continue today's behavior, ensuring that all IP address queries are
> responded to with the proper RIR information. But the referral server
> problem described here will continue to be a problem for ARIN-issued
> registrations in these ERX /8s.

Could the problem be solved by placing the DA and DS records within
foreign /8's on a different ARIN whois server than the main one and
then having ARIN's main whois server provide only the referral record
to the server authoritative for the /8? The idea is that the foreign
server then provides a referral back to the secondary ARIN server
which, in turn, provides the client-specific information, all without
breaking the referral chain.

Besides, what if ARIN's record is "wrong"? What if ARIN has a local
record for, say, a /24 but according to the authoritative server for
that /8, ARIN doesn't control the /24? Wouldn't it be better if the
person making the query got the "correct" record?

Bill Herrin

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