[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: whois POC e-mail cleanup

Kevin Kargel kkargel at polartel.com
Thu Aug 21 10:06:56 EDT 2008

I cannot support a policy that holds members accountable while leaving
Legacy holders immune.  Apply the policy fairly or don't bother.

There is no need for a monthly report for a system that is updated annually.


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Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process, the proposal is being posted to
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Policy Proposal Name: whois POC e-mail cleanup

Author: Ted Mittelstaedt

Proposal Version: 1

Submission Date: 8/20/2008

Proposal type: new

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Under Directory Services in the NRPM

add section 3.6 titled "Reliability of Whois information"

3.6.1  ARIN will use an automated system that once a year will attempt to
e-mail all separate e-mail addresses in the directory. (including abuse
addresses)  At it's discretion, ARIN will attempt to contact by regular mail
or phone all POC entries that have invalid e-mail addresses (i.e. e-mail
addresses that bounce mail sent to them) and give them a 3 month deadline
for correction of their mail address.  The automated system will not use a
mail cluster or other mail transmission software that is incompatible with
commonly available anti-spam technologies, such as greylisting.

LIR POC's that fail to respond to paper mails or telephone calls will have
Their e-mail address replaced with "REFUSED RESPONSE" in the directory.
Non-legacy POCs will be requested to remedy the situation by their next
billing date.  At it's discretion and considering the size or number of
complaints about an organization, ARIN may require the organization to
supply accurate contact information in it's directory entry as a condition
of accepting payment from the organization for registration renewals.

POCs belonging to blocks reassigned by LIRs who fail to respond will be
replaced by the POC of the reassigning LIR.

The automated e-mails will have a text string titled "ARIN Automated POC
e-mail test" identifying them so that automated trouble ticket systems can
be programmed to automatically delete the mail messages instead of replying
to them.

Other standard mailing list practices will be followed by ARIN to insure the
absence of e-mail loops, etc.

3.6.1  ARIN will supply a report to the community, updated monthly, that
lists the percentage of "REFUSED RESPONSE" POCs, the percentage of POCs that
accept e-mails, and the percentage of POC addresses that have not responded
but have not yet been notified by paper mail or telephone.


As the entire Internet community gets closer to the date that IPv4 will be
exhausted, more attention is being focused on the possibility that there is
significant amounts of allocated IPv4 that is abandoned.  There are also
concerns that as the amount of usable IPv4 space gets more and more crowded,
that Internet criminals are turning to abandoned IPv4 space that is still
listed as allocated in the whois directories to use to make attacks on hosts
on the Internet.  Because of these reasons, it is becoming more important
that users of ARIN's whois data have a reasonable expectation that it is

The current NRPM has a mechanism for adding, modifying, and deleting POCs.
However it also carries an assumption that POCs belonging to defunct
companies will be removed when the bills for allocated IP addressing cease
being paid, and the address resources are then returned to the ARIN pool as
a result. The problem is that this assumption does not hold true for
so-called "Legacy" IP address holders since they do not pay a yearly fee.
Furthermore, billing for the IP addressing allocations is done through paper
mail, thus it is possible for a POC to have a valid street address, but an
invalid E-mail address, and not be caught because they are current on their
account.  This is becoming a serious issue because contacting a POC via a
street address is too slow for victims of an attack from a hijacked IP block
to be able to complain to the block owners and the block owners to be able
to catch the perpetrators.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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